Nov. 2, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. –
Catching the final strike of Game 5 of the World Series, former Seminole All-American Buster Posey helped the San Francisco Giants win their first world championship in 54 years.
“Wow. I don’t know. What can you say,” the 23-year-old Posey said immediately after the game. “This is ultimate high in baseball and I got to experience it my first year here. I don’t know what to say.”
Posey, the first rookie catcher to bat clean up in a World Series since Yogi Berra, made a name for himself on the Giants team when he was called up from the minors to make his season debut May 30 where he went 3-for-4 with three RBIs in a win against the Diamondbacks.
A leading candidate to earn National League Rookie of the Year honors, Posey finished his first year in the majors with a .305 average, 18 homeruns and 67 RBI in 108 games.
Posey follows in a long line of outstanding past Seminoles that have won World Series Championships including: Kevin Cash (’07 BOS; 09 NYY), Randy Choate (’00 NYY), J.D. Drew (’07 BOS), Johnny Grubb (’84 DET), Dick Howser (’85 KC, manager), Doug Mientkiewicz (’04 BOS) and Paul Sorrento (’91 MIN).
Posey batted .398 with 33 home runs and 206 RBI in 195 games and won the 2008 Golden Spikes Award, and the 2008 Dick Howser Award as the nation’s top collegiate player. He earned All-American First Team honors and was drafted by the Giants with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 MLB Draft.