SAN FRANCISCO – Felipe Alou, former Giants general manager, had the words: When a man is better than a football player, you really are something.
“As a good player, he’s a better person,” said former GM Brian Sabean, describing Alou’s wisdom in an interview with Bay Area News Group. Before you read it, you already know what they are talking about.
You know why Saturday was the day the Giants celebrated that man, Buster Posey, at a ceremony one hour before. But you can also learn from many conversations with old friends, coaches and competitors.
Other than that, a handful of other players could have made the most of what happened on Saturday at Oracle Park.
Buster Posey, a football player, won the rookie of the year. Price MVP. He stopped three times on Market Street. One day he will be immortal in copper.
Buster Posey, the man, loved himself to millions of Giants fans. He wore a stoic face, until it was time to hug Buster. She left in 2020 to raise newborn twins during the epidemic, and then made a permanent decision after last season. He will live forever in the memories of those who passed away.
For Sabean, the creator of the three Giants ’World Series game that Posey wrote, more than most.
“It’s a feather in a corporate cup that he retired as a Giant,” said Sabean, who along with Tim Lincecum were probably two well-known celebrities who went missing at festivals honoring Posey’s career on Saturday.
Back on the edge of McCovey Cove, Posey offered fans a chance to say goodbye to him, so far, following an announcement following last season that shocked the Bay Area. For all these reasons – the three World Series winners, the hard beats, the unbeaten festivities and the man behind them – Saturday was an exciting day for all involved.
“I did well,” Posey said later. “I did not cry.”
Speaking between the two standings, with 12 relatives on his right and his former friends on the left, Posey described his experience from three Giants’ World Series matches, thanking fans for their support.
“It was very important for me to be able to say thank you to the fans,” Posey said. “I’m grateful and humbled to have a day like this. I’ve loved this game my whole life, so thank you so much for being honored like this by my teammates and coaches and fans and relatives and friends. It was so special.”
The last two teams Posey will play at Oracle Park are from his two older children, Lee and Addison, who are now coaching softball and baseball teams. Both children threw the first tradition, with Brian Wilson who was about to end the festivities and the last Buster Hug.
“He’s a good man as you can be in the clubhouse and in life,” said Giants pitcher Alex Wood, a former Dodger who met Posey 27 times as an opponent, and then joined in his final season. “Seeing him every day from what he did last year, as a football fan, was amazing.… I feel privileged to be with him last year.”
“Very good at its core,” said Austin Slater, who is now a long-distance Giant combining Brandon Crawford and Brandon Belt. “Like a close friend, someone you can talk to (or) about deeply about your life.”
Among those in attendance were Molina’s brothers, Yadier from town and the Cardinals and older brother Bengie as Posey’s old friend and a supporter who introduced him to the back of the plate. Bengie made a memorable statement that day, for Posey to sign his jersey and hand over to Buster Hug.
“What can I say about Buster? He got me a ring!” Bengie clapped her hands and laughed.
Yadi, one of the few players who would claim to be Posey’s teammate, admitted him when he went to the Cardinals Bullpen for the event and watched from the outside grass. Most of the remaining Cardinals gathered at the top of the first court.
Posey’s ceremony in front of the team that helped him win the National League penalties in 2012 and 2014, “makes me special to me,” he said.
The crowd answered that oohs and ahhs.
“I promise I don’t shoot,” Posey said.
Molina’s younger brother was in his seventh season when Posey won the 2010 rookie. He will join Posey in retirement after the season. In the middle, he fought twice in the NLCS and six times shared one All-Star spot, plus most recently as last season, when Posey was 34 and Molina was four years older.
“I loved every moment, every fight,” Molina said. “We respect each other. When you see a player like that, you’re just trying to learn. That is what I did to him, and this is what he did to me. ”
In other words, the Giants were celebrating the end of time on Saturday.
A vivid account of the time of Posey and his 2010 Rookie Won of the Year winner on his way to the first of the three chapters of the World Series and retiring at the end of their magic campaign over 107 last season.
However, Posey is determined to have a picture of the next generation of Giants baseball. The first contact with manager Gabe Kapler came as part of an hour-long discussion during recruitment. Posey was the only player involved.
“I think it’s as important as any conversation I’ve ever had as a Giant,” Kapler said.
Crawford, who arrived in 2011, witnessed almost all of Posey’s activities. Crawford’s exit last season was as surprising as Posey’s. Posey decided to climb the rising sun, when Crawford signed a new two-year contract. But Posey’s Saturday ceremony had Crawford consider his future.
Crawford, 35, said: “Something like this makes me think about what could happen in a few years.” during the break, he was unnoticed by fans and friends. “
In a similar way, Posey’s day came 24 hours after the Giants celebrated Willie Mays’ 91st birthday.
Mays and Posey were narrators of the historical age, but both had traits that elevated them from myth to state.
Mother. McCovey. marshal. Cepeda. construction. Posey.
“We are astrologers. Inside, they are among the stars,” Sabean said. “Good things happen to good people, but Buster is a different race … Sounds like he’s in the Hall of Fame.”
Employer Kerry Crowley contributed to the story.