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Learning From the Curveballs

New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada and his wife, Laura, reveal why they decided to write their memoir

Q. What were you most hesitant to reveal in the book?

Laura: There are things in the book that I didn't talk about with anyone because I was embarrassed. When I learned I was pregnant with Jorge, instead of being happy, I was upset. That was the only thing that I was worried about sharing because I thought people might think I was cruel or crazy. But you know what? It was the truth. I was young and just wanted to have fun. It was important for me to get some feelings out that I had never shared with anybody. And working on the book made me remember events that I had sort of blocked out. When we finished, it was like a weight was lifted off my shoulders because I had let go of anger and frustration.

Q. An interesting point was how this condition affected the whole family. How did Jorge Luis's grandparents help out?

Jorge: They would always come down when Jorge was having surgery and be there for support, especially with our daughter, Paulina—because she can get the impression she's not special or important because everyone is paying attention to Jorge, and no one is paying attention to her. It's something that we deal with and try to explain to her that it's not good to be sick and to have surgeries. She's seven, so sometimes it's hard for her to understand. But our parents have really tried to make things fun for her when Jorge is in the hospital.

Q. Laura, you are trained as a lawyer, run a foundation, are an active mom, What do you think of the stereotype of the "baseball wife"?

Laura: In baseball, there's a little bit of everything. People with different backgrounds, levels of education and nationalities. But I think it's sad when people make assumptions that because you are married to an athlete you are going to be a certain type of woman. I don't think anyone works harder than I do, and I love it when people underestimate me because that means I can only impress them. I've seen a lot of comments people make about me, but when I met Jorge, I was working as an attorney and on television—I was probably making more money than he was. But it's okay. I don't mind that people have these perceptions because the people that matter to me most and love me, know who I am.

Q. How important are your Puerto Rican roots to the person you have become? How often do you get to visit?

Jorge: We visit Puerto Rico often, especially during the off-season because the grandparents are there and we enjoy the weather. Puerto Rico has made me the person that I am; everything about the island is a positive for me. It's a little bitty island, but it has given so much not only to the United States, Latinos and sports, but the whole world. We had the opportunity to meet Justice [Sonia] Sotomayor, who is a great example of Puerto Ricans making a positive impact.

Q. This book reveals family moments that most of the public will learn about for the first time. How do you balance being in the limelight with your need for privacy as a family?

Laura: When my husband is on the field, he is a baseball player and we support him. But, when he's not on the field, he's Dad and we live a normal life. The activities we take part in are usually fitness or sports related. My son doesn't really like it when my husband is signing autographs because he wants Dad all to himself when he's not on the field. So, my husband tries as much as he can to avoid putting himself in situations that will bring negative press. We have decided to share our story because we feel it could help other people. Hopefully it won't bring any negative press or invade any part of our lives that we don't want to share.

Q. Are the Yankees going to make it to the World Series this year?

Jorge: I would love to answer that. We have a good team. It's a long season and I just hope we get hot at the right time, like we did last year.

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