January 31, 2006 - by
Countdown To First Pitch: Q&A With New Shortstop Buster Posey
Jan. 31, 2006

Tallahassee, FL – Leesburg, GA native Buster Posey is just days away from making the first start of his FSU career. Big things are expected of the shortstop. Baseball America ranked him as the seventh-best freshman in America as well as naming him their pre-season ACC Freshman of the Year. The Dean’s List student, who is a biology/pre-med major, sat down with Seminoles.com just days before he steps on to Mike Martin Field for the first time in what many expect will be an illustrious career in Garnet and Gold.

Q: You are just a few days away from the first start of your college career. How excited are you?

A: I am getting to that point where going to bed each night is getting tougher and tougher. Thursday night I am probably not going to be able to sleep.

Q: You have guys on either side of you that have started as freshmen in Ryne Malone and Tony Thomas, Jr. Have they given you any advice?

A: Through the fall and spring they have both been great. They are making the game simple for me and are walking me through the program. They have done a great job at that.

Q: Shortstop is a position that is high traffic and always in the spotlight. How confident are you at that position going into opening day?

A: I feel good. I feel Coach Martin, Ryno (Ryne Malone) and Tony (Thomas, Jr.) have me ready to go.

Q: What has been the biggest surprise or adjustment about baseball at the collegiate level?

A: I guess the amount of work these players put in. Getting out here on a day-to-day basis. That has been one of the biggest adjustments opposed to high school. In high school you get weekends off but at this level you are out here almost everyday but if you love the game that isn’t a problem.

Q: Academics are important to you. You were a member of the Dean’s List in your first semester as a biology/pre-med major. Why is it important to you to do well in the classroom?

A: IT has always been important to me. Since I was a little kid it was something that I have been very set on. I won’t sleep well unless I get things done in the classroom. It is a good problem to have.

Q: What are your goals this year?

A: I look at team goals and that is simple…to get back to Omaha. I just want to go out and play fundamental baseball each day and hopefully come out with an ACC Championship but our main goal is to get to the College World Series.

Q: Pitching is probably not going to be in your future this season but is it still something you would like to do?

A: Sure it is. I am not throwing it out the window. I don’t think I will too much this year but down the road it is definitely a possibility.

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