Buster Posey has risen to the challenge of becoming a star for the San Francisco Giants, it's the twins that have him discombobulated.
We aren't talking about the Minnesota kind.
Posey is a first-time father of 7-month-old twins. The catcher, who helped lead San Francisco to their first World Series championship since 1954, has been working overtime this spring, adjusting to the requirements of fatherhood.
"The first four months or so I was trying to figure out what was so great about being a dad, but I am starting to really understand it now," Posey told the Tallahassee Democrat. "At first it was just sleep, change them, feed them. But now their personalities are really starting to come out. They are different, each with their own little quirks. It's safe to say Kristin (wife) has more work being at home with them than I do at the ballpark right now."
Lee Dempsey Posey and Addison Lynn Posey entered the world two minutes apart last August. Despite the added workload for Posey and his wife, the Giants catcher says it's been good.
"What it does for me, it keeps me from thinking about the game all the time while I am at home," Posey said. "That's not on the top of the priority list when you get home, helping take care of them and getting to spend time with them is."
The soon to be 25-year-old (birthday next week), former Florida State Seminoles star is recovering this spring from a horrific season-ending leg and ankle injury, the result of a home-plate collision with Marlin Scott Cousins last May.
So far, so good for the 2010 National League Rookie of the year.
"I think that's the thing I've been most happy about with the way it has responded after a hard day. And I think the part I forgot about — and everybody else forgets about — is that I concentrate so hard on my ankle but I still have to get the rest of my body in shape. It's still spring training and fortunately I think I will have enough time."
Posey's been getting recovery advice from former Giants outfielder Moises Alou, who had a similar ankle injury while playing with the Expos.
"The hardest thing has been turning on the bases, but even that has made progress the past two weeks," Posey said. "I talked to Moises the other day and he said that was the same thing that bugged him for a while. But it got better. It's a matter of time really."
Entering Wednesday, Posey is 3-for-13 this spring with a homer and two RBI.
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