While MOW is out gathering more news to fuel another great week in the hot stove, I’ll fill in for a moment to run through a thought that’s been on my mind since I saw Buster Posey in late June take a low throw at the plate, too late to get the sliding A’s runner. Reddick, who’d hit the RBI single, tried to go to 2B. Posey leapt up and onto the IF grass like a lion and gunned Reddick down with a rocket. Because the game was being played in the E. Coli, I was able to afford seats right behind the visitors dugout. I could hear the shin guards clack when Posey completed that leap. I thought then the ankle not only looked good to go, but also that Posey actually somehow seemed even better than before. Of course, Posey’s game only improved as the season charged on.
Back when he was drafted, one cranky scout dissed Buster as a misshapen athlete, too heavy in the hips, and soft. “Pear shaped,” the guy said. I can recall people on the blogs posting surprise at his build when he finally got called up in May 2010. Google it now, and you’ll find a few tweeters repeating the “pear shaped” description. But I don’t think any fan with any sense would say Posey looks “soft” now. So here’s my theory: Posey worked so hard and so effectively to come back from his horrific injury he didn’t just rehab, he rebuilt.