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 encouraging teammates to call him "The Croucher" (Getty)

Posey encouraging teammates to call him “The Croucher” (Getty)

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.”

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