Respect is earned, not given. Real fucking talk. Don’t demand respect because you won’t get it. Fucking psychos. You have a problem with me you tell me straight up.
This tells you all you need to know about Buster Posey. Despite being in near constant pain, he reached out to a Giants PR official today and asked him to set up a conference call with the three traveling beat reporters who cover the team.
The most important points: He’s almost certainly out for the season, he is 100 percent committed to returning as a catcher, he hasn’t talked to Scott Cousins and doesn’t really know what that conversation would accomplish other than making him feel better.
Posey also said while he didn’t want to “vilify” Cousins, he “had a choice to slide or come at me, and he came directly at me.” Posey would like MLB and the MLBPA to look at plays like this and possibly make a rule change. He said he feels fortunate he only ripped up his leg, and didn’t sustain some kind of back or neck injury that could have put him in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
Here’s the whole interview:
“I want to say how appreciative and grateful I am to all my teammates, fans of the Giants organization and everyone for all their support. I’m just talking to family and friends, and I’m hearing from so many people.”
Q: How much pain are you in?
Posey: “Yeah. Yeah, I’m pretty uncomfortable, it’s tough to get from place to place. If I’m just sitting, still immobilized, I’m OK.”
Q: Have you met with doctors today?
Posey: “No I haven’t seen any today. Met with one yesterday. One tomorrow probably.”
Q: What do you remember from the play?
Posey: “I just remember the way the ball was hit, I figured there would be a play at the plate, especially with Nate’s good arm, and I just remember almost feeling I went to my right a little to catch the ball and it skidded on the grass. I tried to come back toward the plate and he (Cousins) was on top of me. That’s pretty much all I can remember.”
Q: Did you know immediately something was seriously injured?
Posey: “Yeah, you know what, fortunately I’ve never really been injured before. I was in a lot of pain. I was keeping out hope it was a sprain or something.”
Q: When do you realistically hope to return?
Posey: “I feel with the Giants organization and our trainers, I feel I’m in good hands. The most important thing is to come back from this 100 percent and not have any issues down the line. I don’t think there’s a set timetable but I think the rehab process is definitely going to be done the right way.”
Q: Do you fully intend to catch again?
Posey: “Yes, 100 percent. No question.”
Q: Have you watched the replay and what do you think — clean hit or not?
Posey: “Yes, I have watched the replay… . Well, I mean, I think with today’s game, I think it … I don’t think he did anything illegal. So yeah, it’s kind of … I don’t know, it’s a tough one to answer. He didn’t do anything illegal, but looking at the replay, I think there was probably a lane to slide.
“I want to make this very clear: I don’t know Cousins, I’m not out to vilify Cousins in any way whatsoever. It happened and it’s over with. But the main point I want to get across is a play like that is something that’s gotta be looked at by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association because, and this might sound dumb, but I feel fortunate I’ve just got a torn up leg. As a catcher, you’re left in a very exposed position when you catch the ball and have a guy bearing down on you as hard as he can. I’m fortunate I didn’t come away with a neck injury or a spinal injury. It’s tough to be in a good position when the play happens so fast.”
Q: So you are speaking in general about plays like this?
Posey: “I just mean in general. That’s something that’s been up for debate. I think you can ask a lot of catchers. You’re exposed. And to make it clear, I’m not saying that specific play. I’m saying all plays in general. If you’re completely in front of the plate, camped out, the runner doesn’t have a choice. But I feel Cousins had a choice to slide or come at me, and he came directly at me.”
Q: Have you talked to Cousins?
Posey: “I haven’t talked to him. I know he called the first night to check in. But I haven’t talked to him.”
Q: Will you?
Posey: “I don’t know if it really matters. If it’s something that would make him feel better … I can imagine if I was on the other end, that would be just about as difficult to know that a play you were involved in has more than likely put somebody out for the rest of the year. But again, I’m kind of indifferent, I guess.”
Q: Out for the rest of the year? Is that how you’re looking at this?
Posey: “I think we’ll know more once we do some surgery but it’s pretty … highly likely I probably won’t be back from what I’ve been hearing.”
Q: Is it potentially career threatening?
Posey: “I haven’t heard that from one person, no.”
Q: What are doctors telling you now? What kinds of information and opinions are you gathering?
Posey: “Just looking at all the different options that we have. It’s going to be important that it’s done right. It’s going to be a long road to recovery but something I do believe I will be able to fully recover from.”
Q: How is your state of mind?
Posey: “Honestly, that’s a funny question because right now I’ve just been in a lot of pain, and I’ve been just concentrating on being comfortable for the most part. I know with my personality, once some of the pain subsides, it’s going to be tough on me just to sit. But for now I’m just concentrating on feeling good.”
I will say this though: I couldn’t help but giggle out loud when Posey said he’s indifferent about talking to Cousins. Keepin’ it classy, even though Buster ain’t havin’ it. Believe Posey, believe.
-phone convo with my boyfriend-
bf: Uh babe, you’re getting too attached …. to baseball
me: what do you mean???
bf: I mean it’s ok you watch sports and stuff but don’t let it affect you. You have to leave your emotions with the field. Some people are so into it that when their team loses, they have a bad day.
me: well yea but I don’t care my team lost!! A very important player got hurt. Babe, BUSTER POSEY GOT HURT. Plus he’s so cute. If I was pregnant with your twin babies and you took a hit like that, I’d want to kick some ones ass.
bf: I know babe, I know. I know you. You’re getting attached. You’re crazy.
me: are we seriously having this role reversal conversation right now?
bf: what do you mean?
what does he know, he’s a Dodger fan. (sarcasm by the way). I still love him nonetheless. And Buster Posey ;)
That was just down right dirty. Cousins had the outside line, Buster never had the ball nor was he blocking home plate. That TACKLE was just unnecessary. Yes, this is a part of baseball.
There isn’t any crying in baseball but dam. I cried.
My heart keeps flip flopping between seething in anger and shattering over and over in a million little pieces.
oh.. i forgot about that part. okay i’ll do that. it’s easy. i will make FOOD hahahhahaha! yes you can be my #1.