Backstop boys: Posey meets with legendary Yogi
In order to get better at something, you've got to surround yourself with the experts.
Buster Posey certainly adhered to that concept this offseason -- the Giants catcher made a visit with his family to the Yogi Berra Museum in New Jersey.
Posey met with Berra, creating a veritable meeting of two of the best catchers in the game.
"Yogi is one of those living legends that you just feel happy to be in his presence," Posey said.
Did Posey and Berra talk catching?
"A little, yeah. We talked about throwing," Posey recalled. He got a few tips from Berra on the all-important throw to second base.
Posey's always on the lookout to learn. Not that he's struggling or anything. In case you've lost track, Posey already has racked up National League MVP honors, as well as Comeback Player of the Year, Silver Slugger and Hank Aaron Awards. He's also started for the National League in the All-Star Game and, most importantly, has two World Series Championship rings.
And -- get this -- he's only 25 years old.
Granted, he'll turn 26 on March 27, but there's no denying that at his age, he's one of Major League Baseball's most accomplished players.
A look at Posey's trophy case begs the question: What's next for this native Georgian and first-round Draft pick?
In response, Posey can only chuckle.
"You know what? You just enjoy the game, enjoy the competition," Posey said. "Feel fortunate to get to play the game at the highest levels with the best players in the world. Go out and try to be a good player all the time."
Meggie Zahneis, winner of the 2011 Breaking Barriers essay contest, earned the job of youth correspondent for MLB.com in the fall of '11. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.