A year ago on this date, Buster Posey was injured on a collision at the plate with Scott Cousins (see above video). The injury cost Posey the rest of the season and to this day, the team is very careful about overworking Posey too much back into baseball shape.
The aftermath of that injury was not a pretty sight. As for me, a non-Giants fan, I didn’t have a connection with the team so I didn’t feel enraged over the injury. From a baseball fan’s perspective, I just saw it as an unfortunate injury and nothing more than that.
But instead I had never heard a bigger amount of whining and complaining from an organization in my life. Somehow because Posey (the golden child) got hurt, the game of baseball should change just for him. I thought that the Giants handled it poorly.
We first had Posey advocating for the rule change. But why? It was an unsafe play but it was also legal. Maybe if Posey had set himself up better, he could have avoided it.
The thing that really pissed me off was general manager Brian Sabean. His comments about Scott Cousins to me had to be one of the most evil things I had ever heard in sports.
“If I never hear from Cousins again or he never plays another game in the big leagues, I think we’ll all be happy.”
I’ve never heard a general manager wish that kind of professional failure to another athlete. Adding to the fact that his helped fuel the death threats Cousin received really didn’t help at all. To wish death to someone’s career because of your own bitterness? That’s all bad.
Here’s the thing that really got to me. As an outsider looking in, I thought the best thing to do was to just accept the unfortunate accident and move on. That’s what a good organization does. But instead it was the “WHY??” moment when it shouldn’t have been.
But the team has backtracked and the nonsense has died down. But now as I look back at year later after this, I wonder if a rule change is since needed. I still say the answer is no.
What that collision taught is simply is the game of baseball is just that. It’s not one of those arguments where I’m old school and won’t adapt. To me it’s just really the nature of the game with plays at the plate. A player either has to try to avoid the catcher or try to knock the ball out. If the catcher is in the area of the plate, there is a chance he will get hit.
Posey unfortunately got hurt and that’s all that happened. Luckily he’s healthy and I guess we can all really just move on from it.