Posey focused despite return to Georgia

Posey focused despite return to Georgia

ATLANTA -- To suggest that Buster Posey sighed wistfully upon seeing the downtown skyline as the Giants approached Turner Field for their workout Saturday would be disingenuous.

Though he grew up a Braves fan, coming to Atlanta for the National League Division Series doesn't really qualify as a homecoming for Posey.

"Not really," Posey said. "I'm not going to say it does when it doesn't. I grew up three hours south of here, so I don't really think of Atlanta as home at all."

Posey, 23, hails from Leesburg in southern Georgia, a good 175 miles from the cosmopolitan capital of the South. He grew up on a 50-acre plot of land, not in the shadow of skyscrapers or in one of Atlanta's many suburbs.

As he comes to Turner Field with the rest of the Giants for Game 3, to be played at 1:30 p.m. PT Sunday on TBS, this is just another city, and Turner Field another office for Posey, the rookie catcher whose poise and power helped the Giants reach the playoffs for the first time since 2003.

"We're just trying to win some ballgames, so it's kind of same old, same old for me," Posey said.

Posey was the Gatorade Georgia Player of the Year and the Louisville Slugger State Player of the Year his senior year at Lee County High School, where he now famously played against then-sophomore Jason Heyward -- the Braves' own rookie phenom -- and Henry County High in the 2005 AAAA state championship.

But through all those accolades, Turner Field was merely a place to watch the Braves, not a venue where he'd had the opportunity to play in his days as a prepster.

"The first time I played here was the last time we were here," Posey said, referring to a four-game set in early August.

This time, there's a lot more on the line. Game 3 is obviously a huge swing game in the series, and of more concern is how Posey is recovering from sore ribs suffered in a foul-territory collision with third baseman Pablo Sandoval in Friday's Game 2 loss.

Posey said the sore ribs didn't really affect him at the plate after the collision, and that he wasn't feeling any ill effects the day after.

"I actually feel good," Posey said. "I feel better than I did last night, so that's good."