Buster Posey

Buster Posey interview: talking masks, rehab and squatting (video)

Only baseball could cause a group of adults to stand in a circle around another adult, asking him serious question after serious question about squatting. Well, unless you happen to work as a waiter at a certain crepery in the Castro.

If you’re looking for a good drinking game, taking a sip every time a variation of the word “squat” is mentioned will have you napping within 10 minutes after watching this Buster Posey interview.

If you’re more of a reader, here are some of Posey’s more interesting answers. If you’d rather watch and listen, skip the words and scroll down to the bottom of the post…

On how far along Posey is in his recovery in terms of squat-ability:

“I’m not going to lie, I haven’t been crazy catching pens. I’ve been doing squatting.  That’s part of my routine to work on my range of motion. Part of this recovery is not necessarily getting out and seeing how much I can do. There has to be a plan. We have to attack it the right way and not do too much so that I’m set back for a couple of weeks. So I think what we’ve done so far has been good.”

How does the ankle feel when you … squat? (Squat talk kind of dominated the beginning of the interview, as you can probably tell):

“It feels good. It feels good. I was really I guess impressed with it.  Even back in October being able to squat.”

On dealing with pain:

“Realistically I know there is going to be some aches in it for a while, so it’s just a matter of figuring out how to get through that.”

Is he going to switch masks?

“I’m going to try the original mask. Just try it and see. If it works, go with it. If not, I know I’m comfortable with the hockey mask.”

Scott Willis asked about the pressure of being the offensive “savior”:

“One person’s not ever going to be all the offense. Well I guess Barry Bonds. We know it’s going to be a team thing to get the offense on track.”

I asked him two questions. First, about getting his timing back at the plate:

“I haven’t faced live. I’ve faced coaches’ BP and that was fine. The timing, that’s something I’m a little bit anxious, I’m going to start that a little bit sooner than normal just so I can. That’s a huge part of hitting is timing. I’m optimistic it’ll be pretty smooth.”

Second, if Posey was the same weight he was back at the end of last season, when he was lighter than usual:

“I’ve gained about probably 10 pounds back. I’m about right where I want to be. I just didn’t want to go the other way so I decided to go down instead of up.”


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