After playing both games of a double header on Tuesday, it would be easy to say Buster Posey deserved a day off Wednesday. Instead, the Giants' All-Star catcher was at St. Ignatius in San Francisco helping hundreds of young kids work on their baseball skills.
Posey was the star attraction at the Safeway Baseball ProCamp, playing catch with youths from first grade through eighth and giving them tips on baseball's fundamentals.
"It's been great," he said. "I'm really impressed with the turnout. It's a good setup. It seems like the kids are having a lot of fun, keeping them moving quick. I think that's important with young kids because they'll lose focus pretty quickly if you don't keep it interesting."
He said he participated in a couple of similar camps when he was growing up, but his hometown of Leesburg, Ga., was too far south of Atlanta for any of the Braves greats to make an appearance.
The great Braves teams of the 1990s — which brought home division titles every year from 1991 through 2005 — still had an influence on him, however.
"I grew up in the best possible time," he said. "From [the time I was] 5 years old to 20 pretty much the Braves won the division. I can remember getting home from school and doing some homework and turning the Braves game on. So hopefully that's something that kids out here look forward to and we can make them proud by playing the game the right way."
While he said it would be hard for kids to really refine their skills at such a young age, he still had a message he wanted to deliver.
"Whether it's playing baseball, football basketball professionally," he said, "I don't think as a child you put all your focus into that one sport. I think it's important to play different sports, I think it's important to put a lot of pride into being a good student. Because stuff like that will pay off."