San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey officially announced his retirement from professional baseball today. Dodger fans have long considered Posey an admirable nemesis. Posey has had a storied and probably hall of came career, playing entirely with the Giants.
Dodger fans should remember him as a thorn in the Dodgers side, but a professional and a true competitor.
The Dodgers Show A Rival True Respect
The Dodgers official Twitter account was quick to wish Posey a happy retirement.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 4, 2021
Dodger fans can ‘hate’ Posey all they want since he was a member of the Dodgers’ biggest and bitter rivals. Dodger fans should however show the man some respect. He was a great player and was always pure class. Clayton Kershaw certainly agreed.
Clayton Kershaw Tips His Cap
Dodgers have their own legend, and that’s Clayton Kershaw. Kershaw was quick to pay respect to Posey, as well.
Clayton Kershaw has nothing but respect for Buster Posey ? pic.twitter.com/J6VH2rGQaH
— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) November 5, 2021
Here’s the quote from the GOAT, Kershaw.
“I just have all the respect in the world for him. I think that’s the best way to say it. When you play against the guy for a long time and you’re part of the rivalry that’s the Giants and the Dodgers, obviously there’s some built-in animosity towards the other team, and you know we’ve had our tiffs in the past with a lot of other teams in that division, but I’ve always admired Buster from afar. I’ve always thought he carried himself on the field really well.”
That’s a big show of respect from Kershaw. Posey cited spending time with his family as one of the reasons for his retirement, and Kershaw understands this well. Kershaw related to having sons as another reason for his admiration of Posey.
“Now that I’ve got some boys I always think about guys that I would want them to emulate their game after, and not just how they play obviously because Buster was really good at that, but just how they go about the game, how they play, how they interact with their teammates and different things like that. Buster’s at the top of the list for me.”
Tremendous cap tip from Kershaw, saying that Posey is a player he’d like his children to emulate their own baseball games after.
Posey was definitely a thorn in the Dodgers’ side. He was also a great competitor and professional. Dodgers Nation wishes him the best (and we’re glad the Dodgers don’t have to pitch to him anymore!) Happy retirement, Buster.