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I remember when I met Buster Posey at FanFest in 2010. I was a newbie at FanFest – I basically had no idea what I was doing; but when I saw Posey’s name at one of the autograph areas, I decided I needed to stand in line. I recognized his name somehow – I had probably heard his name as a “prospect” or some “kid everyone had their eye on” but I had no idea who he was. When I saw his boyish face, I thought to myself “I wonder what this kid can bring to the Giants.” Little did we know.
May 29, 2010, was when Buster Posey was brought up to the Big Leagues to play for the San Francisco Giants. Mind you, this was not his first time in the Bigs – he had been called up to play with the Giants in September, 2009, to cover Bengie Molina who had been injured. At that time he played 7 games as Catcher. On May 29 of the following year, he got “the call” – that call all Minor League players dream of: to play in the Bigs. Not for a one-time shot or to fill the void when someone is put on the DL, but to play for real this time.
In 2008, he was the Giants’ fifth overall pick in that year’s Major League Baseball Draft. He spent 2 years and a small handful of months in the Minors before getting that call. At that time, Posey was the Giants’ biggest position prospect since Will Clark and Matt Williams.
He played that day at First Base during the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Posey had 3 Hits out of 4 At Bats, with 3 RBI. Posey was already showing the baseball world why he was more than just the average Rookie.