The second time I visited Tim Lincecum’s suite yesterday during the San Francisco Giants’ Media Day (click here to see the first time, when Lincecum spoke on the Giants/Dodgers rivalry and his battles with Clayton Kershaw), he was talking about Buster Posey. Based on what Lincecum had to say, those who feared last season was effectively over after the Scott Cousins collision may have been correct.
Lincecum didn’t say that, and the team still had several stars from their 2010 World Championship roster left after losing their catcher. However, only Posey would garner this kind of praise from the team’s most decorated player.
“Posey’s that guy who leads by example. Obviously, he speaks up when he needs to. He didn’t have a problem telling me that I was doing something wrong, even though I’m supposed to be this ‘2-time Cy Young winner’ when he first came up. I admired that about him, I respected that about him. It wasn’t about ego, it was about the game,” Lincecum said.
“He’s like the unspoken leader on the team.”
The Giants are in a precarious position. With a healthy Posey, anything seems possible. Without the team’s greatest “presence,” as Lincecum called Posey, they’re just another National League team.
To hear the rest of what Lincecum said about Posey, check out the video below.