So last night simply crushed the Giants and the Giants fans. Scott Cousins and his “slide” into home to absolutely LEVEL Buster Posey was just the catalyst to a moment of horror and shock. I don’t necessarily think that the play was “dirty”, per se, however, I do believe that Cousins changed his course to a certain extent and led into the hit (if you will) with his head and shoulders. I also believe that Cousins genuinely feels terrible for what he’s done…I really don’t think he’s a bad guy. But I think that regardless if you’re the 25th man on the roster trying to prove you belong, you should absolutely be aware of what you are doing—trying to win the damned game or not!
Now, we Giants faithful have to deal with the fact that Buster has a fractured fibula and torn ligaments in his ankle. Sigh. And I personally feel that the rules DO need to be looked at. I doubt that the MLB will change anything, however, I would be satisfied with the League at least looking at the rules and considering some sort of regulation–whether it be fines or suspensions or whathaveyou. I fully understand that the catcher is vulnerable no matter what, and that a play at the plate is always fantastic to see. But when it leads to a young, talented player getting hurt this severely, I think that something needs to change…eventually.
I think, though, that I am grateful that Buster didn’t suffer a concussion or a blown out knee as well. I am grateful that overall, he is in good health and that he has age on his side. I have full belief that he will recover fully from this injury and that we’ll have him back fully by the 2012 season. I also hold out hope that he may even return to the team by the end of this season as well! There’s definitely going to be a surgery or two on the ankle, but thankfully the fibula fracture is just that–a fracture! Breaks heal. And if we Giants fans know Buster at all, he is going to be working his tail off to come back 100%.
I also think of Buster’s wife, Kristin and the rest of the Posey family. Buster and his wife are having twins later this year, and not only is that stressful, but this injury and ensuing recovery is as well. I wish the best to the Posey family for sure!
BUT! We Giants fans still need to dig deep and root on this team. They are still here and we have to be behind them 100%. They’ll win for us, they’ll win for Buster, and most importantly, they’ll win for themselves!
And on another note, we also need to root Eli Whiteside on. He is a terrific catcher. Period. He’s in there to play well and to be the catcher. He’s not in the game to be Buster. He’s our Whitey…and that’s all we need to ask for. He’s going to do a great job as starting catcher, and we’ve brought up Chris Stewart from AAA-Fresno (yay Grizzlies!) to back him up. Stewart has a big arm…I’ve seen it first hand. The two of them will get the job done, I have no doubt about that.
And finally, if it hasn’t been done already, please go to http://getwellbuster.mlblogs.com/ and sign the “card” for Posey.
LET’S GO GIANTS!