Why Posey had reason to root against Heisman winner Winston

Why Posey had reason to root against Heisman winner Winston
February 25, 2014, 2:15 pm
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Jameis Winston, like Buster Posey before him, serves as the Seminoles' closer. (USATSI)

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston got mobbed by fans when the Florida State quarterback and relief pitcher visited the New York Yankees’ spring complex in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday.

But he didn’t throw a pitch in the exhibition between the Seminoles and Yankees. Winston had just appeared on Saturday, and Florida State coach Mike Martin is monitoring his closer’s workload.

Any guess at the batter Winston struck out on Saturday while saving a victory over the Georgia Bulldogs?

It was Jess Posey, younger brother of Buster Posey.

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Buster starred at Florida State, remember. As you might expect, he’s a Winston fan and told me he’s impressed that the Heisman winner is excelling at more than one sport.

But Saturday provided one instance where he had to root for the hitter. Buster told me Jess, the youngest of his three siblings, went to Georgia as a preferred walk-on and has worked his way into a bigger role as a sophomore. A day before Winston struck him out, he was 3 for 4 with a home run.

He was the Bulldogs’ starting third baseman on Saturday.

That’s right. A Posey who plays third base.

As if Giants manager Bruce Bochy didn’t already have some long-range thoughts in his head about that.

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