SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – When the Giants take the field for their first spring training game Tuesday, they’ll be led by the new face of Major League Baseball.
Last week catcher Buster Posey won that distinction in a fan vote, adding to an epic list of baseball accomplishments. His half-decade for the ages includes Rookie of the Year, Batting Champion, Most Valuable Player and three World Series Championships, leading some to proclaim him the successor to Yankees captain Derek Jeter as the game’s top star.READ MORE: UPDATE: Estrada Fire Containment Now 25%; Evacuation Orders Downgraded as Crews Mop Up
Unlike Jeter, who’s a bachelor and supernatural social star, Posey is a homebody. The father of 3-year-old twins, his life seems paparazzi-proof. CBS’s Jeff Glor visited Georgia to see where the latest Giants superstar goes to get away from the spotlight.
The Poseys live near San Francisco during the season, but once baseball is over, they make the 2,500-mile journey east to his hometown of Leesburg, Georgia, a town of fewer than 3,000 people. That’s where Posey makes his home with high school sweetheart, Kristen, who he married in 2009. They met studying for the SATs.
“It was really romantic. I did better than she did. Just thought that would be an interesting side note,” Posey said.
He is competitive at all times, and Kristen said he still corrects her grammar.
“He always corrects it. But if he ever messes up, I’m sure to correct him,” she saidREAD MORE: Pandemic Points Up Need to Diversify Lake Tahoe Tourist Economy
Posey grew up an Atlanta Braves fan. The oldest of four children, he was raised in a house complete with its own turkey barn.
The Little League field in Leesburg now bears his name.
In hiss full report, Glor gets a better look at who Buster Posey is when he steps away from baseball, and what could still be ahead for the 27 year old:
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