Commentary

The life of a Yankees wife

Originally Published: November 4, 2009
By Laura Lane | Special to Page 2

The Yankees are just one win away from a World Series championship. And as the saying goes, behind every good man is a good woman. So we decided to get a behind-the-scenes look at the life of a Yankees wife. No one knows what it's like better than Laura Posada, the wife of longtime Yankees catcher Jorge Posada.

Besides being unanimously voted as the Yankees Wives Club president, Mrs. Posada juggles being a mother of two and taking care of her husband with dozens of other projects, including her new book, "Fit Home Team."

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Courtesy of Fit Home TeamLaura and Jorge Posada share smiles with their children, 9-year-old Jorge Luis and 7-year-old Paulina.

First, Mrs. Posada was gracious enough to give us her top 10 tips for being a good Yankees wife. And then we spent Thursday, the day of Game 2 of the World Series, with her. It was just a typical day for her -- but as we quickly learned, life as a Yankees wife is anything but simple.

Laura Posada's top 10 tips for being a good Yankees wife

1. Dress to impress
"When you travel with the team, the players have to wear suits, so you're supposed to wear something equivalent to what they're wearing. If they're wearing a suit, you can't go in shorts or jeans. At the end of the day, they're professionals, and that's how the Yankees expect them to dress, and you have to match them."

2. Protect the gals
"Alex [Rodriguez] usually gets separate seats for Kate Hudson. I don't think it would be wise for her to sit with us because she's a big celebrity. I think for her safety she should sit in a different area. She would probably have people coming over every two minutes for an autograph, so she wouldn't get to watch the game."

3. Wise wife
"I get along with everybody. I've been there so long that I think everybody feels comfortable coming to me. I've never been with any other team, and I started [with the Yankees] 11, 12 years ago. New wives will ask me about schools, where to take the kids to camp, doctors, shopping and dress code."

4. Good behavior
"Growing up, I never thought I'd be a baseball wife or a Yankees wife. I'm just Jorge's wife, and I know this is his passion, and I know he loves being a Yankee. I just try to support him and stay out of trouble. At the end of the day, that's his job, and I never want to do anything to embarrass him."

5. Family first
"I do a lot of traveling. I get a lot of [frequent flier] miles, and whenever Jorge gets a day off he comes to see us, and whenever we have a long weekend we come to New York. Family is a priority."

6. Keep a calendar
"You just have to be organized and have a plan and not let everything get out of your hands. Jorge's very organized. If you go to Jorge's closet, everything's in color, everything's in place. He does it himself."

7. It all works out
"Jorge wanted to be a cyclist. He was undecided between cycling and baseball. Those were his passions. One time he was riding his bike in Puerto Rico and he was attacked by 12 guys, and they beat him up and took his bike. After that he stopped for a while and he focused more on baseball. He has a bike now, and whenever we have time we go cycling because I love it, too. It's still a passion of his, but he decided on baseball."

8. Blue is best
"I think, if you're going to be a wife with any organization or any team, the Yankees are certainly the best organization to be in. I've learned a lot from their professionalism and the way they handle things."

9. Karma comes around
"Before this year, I was always doing stuff for other people -- doing stuff for the foundation, supporting Jorge, helping manage everything for him. The kids were little, and little Jorge was having surgeries every year [for craniosynostosis]. I think because of all of the good things I've done in the past, [karma] is sort of changing. Now I'm having good things happen to me. It all started when they called me to do 'E! True Hollywood Story: Baseball Wives.' It was just a big opportunity, and now I've had my book and I'm excited about what the future has to bring."

10. Just have fun
"I just try to enjoy every moment, because I know it's not something that will last forever. With Jorge having two years left on his contract and being so close [to winning the World Series] right now, it would be extremely exciting and such a beautiful thing if he gets to win at least one more time. It would be something phenomenal for him. I'm just looking forward to the parade."


Laura Posada's day (Oct. 29, 2009)

9:30 a.m.: "Wake up. When I'm in Florida with the kids, I wake up at 7 a.m. every day. Jorge really likes me to cook for him when he's there. For breakfast he likes scrambled egg whites with honey ham, onions, tomatoes, pepper, and I put in a little Manchego cheese."

10 a.m.: "Prepare the kids' homework. The teachers let me pull them from school in Miami for the World Series, but the condition was that they had to do certain homework. So I had to see what the teachers had sent and wait for the tutor."

10:30 a.m.: "Get our dog, Mimi, away from the bedroom door so she doesn't wake up Jorge."

10:35 a.m.: "Wait for the kids' tutor."

10:40 a.m.: "Dog whimpers. Get the dog away from the door again."

10:45 a.m.: "Tutor arrives. Explain the kids' homework to the tutor."

10:55 a.m.: "Grab Mimi away from our bedroom for the third time. Jorge's still sleeping. He has his little routine going. He likes to wake up usually around 12, 12:30 p.m. He'll eat something, relax, read the paper, and then around 2 p.m. we have lunch. I usually try to cook for him whatever he wants. If I've been gone for a while in Miami he wants the same thing, which is a chicken BBQ that I make with rice, with parsley and a little salad."

11:30 a.m.: "Kiss the kids good-bye and leave for my Mas Vida magazine cover shoot. It's a new health and fitness magazine in Puerto Rico.

12 p.m.: "Arrive at photo shoot."

1 p.m.: "Sit in the makeup chair."

1:15 p.m.: "Get dressed for photo shoot. Put on my new Gucci 6-inch-heel boots. This guy at Saks saved them for me for six weeks."

2:25 p.m.: "Photo shoot starts. Flash a big smile. Try on three outfits, including a sequin gown and a corset I brought myself."

3:55 p.m.: "Publicist calls to push back a meeting to 5:30 p.m."

4:30 p.m.: "Photo shoot wraps."

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Courtesy of "Fit Home Team"Click here to order "Fit Home Team" by Laura and Jorge Posada.

5:05 p.m.: "Leave for a meeting at Paradigm [Talent Agency] to meet with an agent. We didn't know if it was a boy or a girl we were meeting. The name was Cameron. We didn't know."

5:25 p.m.: "Arrive at meeting. Cameron is a guy. … There's been lots of meetings lately. The day that the Yankees won the AL East, the chef from Sofrito approached me and said he had seen my book 'Fit Home Team' and he wanted to take one of the recipes from my book and make it at his restaurant, and I said, 'OK, sounds good.' Whenever people order that recipe they're giving our foundation money. I'm meeting with him next week. We're going to choose two of my recipes and combine them. I think it's going to be the shrimp salad and avocado salad."

6:05 p.m.: "Arrive home. Jorge's already at the stadium. My children [Jorge, 9, and Paulina, 7] hate my hair from the photo shoot. My daughter Paulina's a character. We walk in and they're like, 'Uhhh, you look too ugly. We hate your hair. It looks so horrible. Take it off!' They put on some extensions, and they were a different color -- like a light brown, almost blond. [The kids] hated it. They don't like when I do anything different."

6:30 p.m.: "I sit down for the first time all day and eat my salad from the photo shoot. Little Jorge keeps me company. Paulina plays trick-ball with my publicist. It's a game we made up. It's kind of like baseball. After you hit the ball, the team that is pitching can switch the ball between the players, but you don't know who has the ball and they have to tag you. You have to go through the entrance of the apartment, through the dining room, and around the kitchen."

6:45 p.m.: "Went in to little Jorge's room to choose his clothes for the game. He wears a jersey."

6:55 p.m.: "Helping Paulina get ready. She has a Yankees hat on."

7:05 p.m.: "Take a shower and get ready for the game."

7:30 p.m.: "'Entertainment Tonight' arrives at the house to tape a segment while I'm still getting ready."

7:40 p.m.: "Get the kids into the SUV to head to the game. 'ET' tapes it all. I like to leave home when the game starts, because if I leave any earlier I'm just sitting in traffic. I usually leave [home] when it's the first inning."

8:15 p.m.: "Arrive at Yankee Stadium. Park in the tunnel."

8:22 p.m.: "Say hi to the security guy. He didn't even need our tickets, he just let us in. So I could have come in with 20 people and he'd just let us in!"

8:25 p.m.: "Walk through the tunnel and run into a lady who sells stuffed animals. She gives me a hug and a kiss. She whips out her phone to show me a photo of her new baby. I talk to everybody. I don't know everyone, because it's a new stadium and there's a bunch of new employees, but I know a lot of people because I've been going to games for 10 years. A lot of them are Latin and they speak Spanish, and I always say hi to everybody. They give me hugs and kisses."

8:30 p.m.: Sign in and drop off the kids in the family room. It's brand-new and really cool. They have babysitters now for us, and they have it divided up into three sections depending on the ages of the kids. There's over 160 games, and the kids get tired. Now they have a place where you know they're safe -- they can play video games; they have computers, food and toys. It's really nice. You can go to the game, relax, and know that they're taken care of."

8:45 p.m.: "Go up to our seats for a little bit."

9:15 p.m.: "Head up to the wives' suite to eat some food. They have food, a bathroom and a big screen. Sometimes the girlfriends are up there, too. Now we have celebrities that are girlfriends. We have Minka Kelly, Joanna Garcia and Kate Hudson. It's really exciting. They're used to the media, so they've handled themselves really well. All these rumors that they're fighting, not true. Everybody's getting along. Derek [Jeter] is Jorge's best friend, so I spend more time with Minka and Derek. But they're all sweet and I like all of them."

9:19 p.m.: "Run into Tino Martinez at the wives' suite. We talk for a little bit."

9:30 p.m.: "Swing by the bar for a little bit."

9:45 p.m.: "Run into Kelly Ripa, Mark Consuelos and Gretchen Randolph in the hall. Kelly hosted the gala for our foundation two years ago. She's so sweet. Kelly used to go to the games a lot when Gretchen's husband, Willie [Randolph], was a coach for the Yankees."

9:55 p.m.: "Back at the wives suite for more food."

10:30 p.m.: "Jorge's up to bat. I joke that I need to do some stretches in my seat since he's coming up to bat."

10:40 p.m.: "Back at our seats to watch the last innings."

11:25 p.m.: "Yankees win 3-1!"

11:35 p.m.: "Pick up the kids downstairs at the family room to wait for Jorge. I'm taking my sweet time because usually he has to take a shower and talk to reporters."

11:45 p.m.: "Jorge's waiting for us."

11:47 p.m.: "Get in car to head home."

12:15 a.m.: "Arrive back at home."

12:20 a.m.: "I start cooking chicken breast with oregano, garlic and a three-bean salad for the family. It's late, so you don't want to eat that much. We put on our pajamas."

12:35 a.m.: "We have dinner."

1:05 a.m.: "The kids decide they want a slumber party, so we take a full-size mattress and carry it to our room, put it on the floor, and put sheets on it."

1:07 a.m.: "We all watch 'Survivor.' We're fans."

1:40 a.m.: "Go to sleep."

Laura Lane is a contributor to Page 2 and ESPN The Magazine. She is also a host of the "ESPN Inside Deal" video magazine.