Former Lee County star Buster Posey’s annual trip to Atlanta in a San Francisco Giants jersey brought fans throughout the region to Turner Field to root for their favorite player, who smacked three doubles in Friday’s game against the Braves and had an RBI double Saturday.
ATLANTA — The Busty Posey fan club isn’t restricted to Albany, Lee County or even South Georgia. Its tentacles have stretched out into other portions of the Southeast. Michelle Bevis and Shannon Rowe can attest to it.
The two bona fide Posey fans were standing in the left field stands at Turner Field on Sunday during batting practice, attempting to capture a long ball and trying to get a glimpse of their favorite Giant and former Lee County star, who was playing catch on the field about 50 yards away.
Bevis, who lives in a small town in North Alabama, became a Posey fan in 2010 when the Giants won the World Series.
“They were going to the World Series and he was leading them,” said Bevis, who aspires to be a broadcast journalist. “He’s just a good player.”
Bevis and her parents (mom had borrowed the Posey jersey on Sunday) had planned on this game for months and were taking in the whole scene.
Rowe was attending the game with her father, Corey. He blames himself for turning his daughter into a Giants fan; he was born and raised in upstate New York, where the newspapers still covered the Giants after they moved to the West Coast. Shannon, a sophomore at Lee College, became a Posey fan on her own.
“Buster came up and he was really good and I just liked him,” Shannon said. “And he’s adorable.”
Shannon Rowe had other ways to identify with Posey, too. She was a catcher on the school’s softball team and, through a random process, was given No. 28, which she shares with Posey.
Over the last three years the Rowes have made trips to Atlanta and San Francisco to watch the Giants. They took in the Saturday and Sunday games.
Of course, Posey still has a lot of fans, friends and family members from Georgia who have driven up to watch the series against the Braves. It will be the only time the Giants will play at Turner Field during the regular season.
Posey didn’t want to estimate how many friends he’s seen or heard from this weekend. He spent a lot of time with his immediate family, most of whom went back home before Sunday night’s late game.
Posey has seen the kids (and adults) wearing jerseys with his name and number. It’s hard not to; there were scores in the crowds seen in each of the three games with the Braves.
“I remember when I was the one wanting the jersey of my favorite players,” Posey said. “It’s nice to put yourself in that position now.”
Posey has made his presence felt during the first two games of the series. On Friday night he was 3-for-5 with three doubles and an RBI. On Saturday he was 1-for-3 with an RBI. Over his last 15 at-bats entering Sunday’s game, Posey was 9-for-15 with five doubles and six RBI.
“I think he feels comfortable coming back here,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.
Entering Sunday, Posey was batting .328 (22-for-67) during his career against the Braves, with two homers and 16 RBI. At Turner Field he’s hitting .367 (12-for-31) with eight RBI.
“I grew up a Braves fan. They were my team,” Posey said. “I grew up when they were winning the division every year, and it was easy to be a Braves fan.”
He was particularly fond of watching pitcher Greg Maddux.
Posey said he always looks forward to returning to Georgia to play the Braves. At first he was nervous when playing at Turner Field, but after four years in the league it’s now just another stop on the schedule.
“I like it because it’s tough for my family to get out to the West Coast, so it’s nice that they’re able to come up here and watch me play,” Posey said.
Posey, the National League’s MVP a year ago, is off to another great start. He’s batting .313 with eight homers and 41 RBI.