San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey returned home to Leesburg Thursday, and already seems to have 2014 in mind.
Posey was in town for a meet and greet benefiting the Lee County Transitional Learning Center.
For the first time in his career, Posey finished a season without playing in the postseason.
The Giants finished 4th in the National League West, 14 games back of the Dodgers.
Posey says his first time watching the playoffs wasn't strange though.
"You stay in the moment as much as possible," Posey says. "When you are playing, you're focused on that. This year when I wasn't, I was focused on what I could do to get better for next year."
The Giants won the World Series in 2010 and 2012. Posey missed a majority of the 2011 season after breaking his leg in a home plate collision.
Posey says he is focusing on eating right and staying in shape this offseason.
He knows he'll be catching a formidable starting rotation next season.
The Giants resigned Tim Lincecum this offseason and added former Brave Tim Hudson last week. Those two will join Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain.
"Those are four really solid pitchers," Posey says. "It's not four guys that I would want to face going into a series."
It was at this event in 2012 Posey found out he won the National League MVP, something he says entered his mind driving to the school.
"It was a cool experience from a lot of different standpoints that I could share that experience with that many friends and family," Posey says. "It did make me reminisce a little bit."
Posey provided several memorabilia items to be auctioned off, with all the proceeds going to the Transitional Learning Center.
"You see the turnout that we have for this event in the past, and it seems to get better and better every year," Posey says. "I just think it goes a long way and does a lot of good for the school."
The former Trojan signed autographs at a meet and greet for south Georgians and Giant fans from around the state. Posey says it's always a thrill to return to his hometown.
"This is obviously a special place for me," he says. "It's neat to see the way people react here compared to San Francisco. People are as excited here, but at the same time, they're like, 'Well, we knew you before you played baseball.'"
Posey hit .294 in 2013, with 15 home runs and 72 RBI.
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