MVP

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.

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22 Responses to MVP

  1. shaman138 says:

    Forget about that cranky scout, Posey made WBBitchass look like the biggest fool on the block. That coupled with our second championship in three years has sent that clown scurrying for the hills, never to return. Not the Berkeley hills, though.

    IMO, trading Molina and making Buster the full-time starting catcher in ’10 was the best move the Giants ever made.

  2. mailorderwife says:

    Buster Posey is a rare, rare athlete blessed with so much skill coupled with genuine humility. He is the anti-Tebow, ya know?

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Why is he so fricking slow, though?

  4. datswhatsup says:

    What is amazing is the fact that Posey has room to improve.
    His ABs in the post season showed an un-Bonds like unwillingness to swing at shit pitches. Imagine when he adds that skill.
    The Giants are in the enviable position of having young (cheap) players that allow them to lock up emerging stars…like they will with Posey.

    • xoot says:

      In 2010, I never saw Posey fail to check his swing, even though he typically let the pitch get deep before he swung. In 2011, opposing teams worked hard to scout and prep for him, and he got tricked occasionally, and even got rung up on some would-be check swings. In 2012, he failed to check his swing more than in 2010, but he also pulled some HRs. (He pulled a monster shot to LF in the first inning of that game in Oakland I described. And he pulled that grand slam in the PS.) He obviously changed his approach at the plate in 2012. He was less cautious. Yet he won the batting title. Late in the PS this year, I think he was getting worn down. Of course, even so, he found the energy necessary to get the HR they needed to win game 4 of the WS.

      Bottom line: He is always learning and working and improving. That’s exactly who he is. Helluva ballplayer.

  5. mailorderwife says:

    There is still updates to this week’s Hot Stove. I just forgot to change the dates. All fixed.

  6. datswhatsup says:

    No matter how much they try to show Aaron Rogers as Mr. like able he seems like a dick.
    They want him to be Peyton Manning, but Manning seems genuine while Rogers seems angry.

    • Chico says:

      I had beers with him when he was at Cal… great guy, but he seems to have grown a chip on his shoulder. He’s still defending Tedford – then only other one defending Tedford is Mrs. Tedford.

      • JDR says:

        You don’t get to that level without having a huge ego. I’m guessing Rodgers will be trying to live down the draft up to the day he gets inducted in Canton.

        On another note. Holy shit, Raiders. What the hell?

      • datswhatsup says:

        Take you word for it, but his face looks like he’s taking a discount double penetration…did MadMen move to Madson WI? Rogers I get but no name d linemen, Kerry Wood and a LB on national campaigns?

        Was Niger Morgan unavailable ?

  7. Chico says:

    I’m predicting that Jeff Tedford will be fired as Cal’s HC today.. We’ll hear about it some time after 5pm, unless the AD wants to wait until monday – but I’ll know about it when it happens..

    What a fucking embarrassing game last night.

    As for Posey. . . one word: STUD. I agree with Xoot, I think he was gassed by the time the post season came around. To me it was obvious.

    Come on Raiders, at least make this a game.. 14-0 Aints, 3rd quarter.

    • datswhatsup says:

      Feel bad for Tedford, has to go but liked that he stayed and got the stadium built…wish he could have enjoyed it.

      • shaman138 says:

        Fucking Raiders are awful…well, it4:30….I hope Tedturd gets canned tonight

        • Chico says:

          No word yet… Decision time will be tomorrow.. I’m sure the lawyers/University officials are working out the contract/money/buyout.

          • sandy32koufax says:

            Hey Dowders!

            Just got back from “winterizing” mom’s house…drudge. Well, at least I only had one house to do this year. Except for Cal and NFL teams, I loved the football weekend.

            Stanford upsets Oregon and plays UCLA, Go Bruins, for the PAC12 championship. Unranked Baylor handles K State and Notre Dame is numero uno!

            Looking forward to PAC12 showdown-Go Bruins!

            Also, Go Fresno St and CSU Rams…if the lowly Col St Rams beat Boise St and Fresburg wins against another favof mine-Air Force Acad, Fresno wins Mtn West conf.

            Damn Ray-Duhs…

            DUMP TEDFORD NOW!

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Battle of the backups tonight if you haven’t heard.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Posey was the 5th pick in the 2008 draft. The 4 other teams were scared off by his $6 million signing bonus.

    Money well-spent. . . .

  10. unca_chuck says:

    As far as Rodgers goes, I just think the guy is not comfortable in the spotlight. Kinda similar to Montana that way. He’s cool as hell on the field, but in public he’s a bit of a dork.

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