Gerald Dempsey “Buster” Posey III called an impromptu preseason press conference to finally get something off his chest: he has always hated the childhood nickname that somehow stuck with him well into his late-20s.
“It just makes me feel like a kid, and I’m not a kid any more,” Posey noted softly into the microphone. “You can call me Gerald. Or Gerry. The Ger is also fine.”
“If you really want a nickname, I was thinking The Croucher, because I’m a catcher and we all crouch during the games,” Posey added helpfully.
Posey apparently received the nickname because his father loved the movie Ghostbusters, and because as a child, Posey had a penchant for using the family Dustbuster when his friends couldn’t find a wiffle bat.
“I hated it then, and I hate it now,” he said in a surge of self-assuredness. “I’m an MVP, darnit, and I want to be the name on my birth certificate. Or also, let me throw in one last plug for The Croucher, because that would be so cool.”