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Posey not feeling pressure of contract, MVP expectations


Life seems to be good for Leesburg native Buster Posey.

The Giants catcher is coming off the 2012 National League MVP, just signed a record contract for a catcher, and is the leading All-Star vote getter in the National League.

And then there's the whole two World Series titles thing.

But Posey says nothing's changed for him, and he's not feeling any extra pressure to perform.

"Ultimately, we're trying to win. And if you keep your focus on that, that will guide you in the right direction with your preparation," he says. "With your preparation, once you get in the game, you go out and compete, and have fun."

Posey remains popular in his hometown, but he continues to gain favor in his new city of San Francisco.

But he says it always feels good to return to his home state, and see the people of Lee County come to the ballpark to support him.

"This is where I gained my passion and appreciation for baseball," Posey says. "It's always fun to share these games with people I grew up with."

Posey has had plenty of success when returning to the Peach State.

Entering the series with the Braves, Posey is hitting .305 against Atlanta with two home runs and 14 RBI.

He says it's nothing he's focusing on. It just happens.

"I didn't know I was," he laughs. "We play so many games. You try to play each game the same. You try to be productive to do what you can to help your team to help your team win."

Posey's brutalization of the Braves continued in Friday's 6-0 win over Atlanta. He went 3-5 with three doubles and an RBI.

He also spoke about the retirement of his former high school coach Rob Williams, who stepped down from the helm as Lee County baseball coach in May after 25 years.

"I'm sure it's not a decision he came to lightly because he loves baseball so much," Posey says. "He's a big person for me. Playing there for four years in Lee County, he taught me how to respect the game and play it the right way. He'll be missed."

Posey stays in Atlanta through the weekend, finishing out the three game series.

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