SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Buster Posey leans on the back of the batting cage under Arizona's blue skies, one leg crossed over the other as he watches his teammates take their cuts while awaiting his own turn. The star catcher chats up athletic trainer Dave Groeschner and talks hitting with manager Bruce Bochy.
"Hi, Buster!" hollered 6-year-old Jordan Larocco, a first-grader from Peoria who attended Monday's workout with father Michael and 1-year-old brother, Sebastian. Posey immediately turned and offered a wave and smile.
Gearing up for the World Baseball Classic and his ninth major league season in an already decorated career, Posey is perfectly happy to leave last year behind.