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Posada's son steals the show
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07/10/2002 06:45 am ET 
Posada's son steals the show
By Gary Washburn /

Jorge Posada IV is coralled by Manny Ramirez during All-Star Game introductions. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE -- When Yankees catcher Jorge Posada's name was announced for the starting lineup, Jorge Posada ran out onto the field. Only it was Jorge Posada IV, the catcher's 2 1/2-year-old son, dressed in a Yankee uniform with two strips of eye-black under his excited eyes.

Jorge IV was born with a condition called craniosynostosis, which causes the bones in a baby's skull to fuse together before the brain has stopped growing.

Papa Posada ran onto the field right behind his jovial son, grabbed him and spun the toddler for the world to see. The capacity crowd at Miller Park cheered vigorously. It was one of the game's most heartwarming moments.

"It was special," he said. "When I found out I could take him onto the field, I was excited."

Posada walked through the Miller Park tunnel with Jorge IV in his arms and received a congratulatory handshake from Commissioner Bud Selig.

Gary Washburn is a reporter for and can be reached at This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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