Marlins' Cousins on Posey injury: 'Part of the risk'

May 26, 2011, 5:06 pm
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Scott Cousins' Wednesday night collision at home plate with Giants catcher Buster Posey is being discussed in baseball circles Thursday. Was it a fair play? Is there anyone at fault, or was it simply an unfortunate aspect of playing professional sports?

Here's what the Florida outfielder, who starred at the University of San Francisco, had to say, according to a postgame report in The Miami Herald:

"It's a baseball play. It's part of the risk of being a catcher. We're trying to win the game also. I'm not going to concede the out by any means. I'm on this team to do the little things to help this team win and if that means going hard and forcing the issue because I have speed, that's what I'm going to do. I'm not going to concede an out.I don't know if I'm going to be welcomed at home as much anymore, but it's a baseball play. I feel bad for Buster Posey. I hope he's OK, I really do. I'm going to send a message over there to him.But at the same time, we got to keep stringing wins together. We're in an extremely tough division and we know the Phillies got a tough win Wednesday also. There's no time for us ever to back down."
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Cousins also spoke to the Marlins' official site, which reported these quotes:

"He's a great guy and a great player. I'm not trying to end anybody's season or anything like that. I am just trying to play hard. He didn't say much. You could tell he was in pain. When Giants manager) Bruce Bochy came out, he was pretty frustrated. I didn't want to stick around and make things any tenser. So I decided to get out of there."

The Associated Press provided this account from Cousins:
"I felt like he was blocking the dish. It's the go-ahead run to win the game, I got to do whatever I can to score. I'm not trying to end anybody's season or anything like that. I just was trying to play hard and score the go-ahead run. He didn't say much and you could tell he was in pain."