August 12, 2011
Will there be bad blood at Sun Life Stadium tonight as the Florida Marlins and San Francisco Giants meet for the first series since Scott Cousins(notes) streamrolled Buster Posey(notes) for the season?
For the Giants part, they say there will not be. The controversial collision was "so long ago," Cody Ross says.
"Obviously, we miss Buster," Ross told the SF Chronicle. "We haven't forgotten about him, but it's been so long that I definitely wasn't thinking, 'Oh, man, we're going to play the Marlins, who we were playing when Buster got taken out.'"
But 79 days since the incident or not, Marlins reliever Randy Choate(notes) thinks losing their young catcher won't be far from the minds of the Giants — especially since GM Brian Sabean was so public in his distaste for Cousins' approach toward the plate.
"I couldn't see how they wouldn't have something," reliever Randy Choate told the Palm Beach Post. "The animosity was more on their part than it was on ours ... They basically think we just cost them the World Series (by injuring Posey). That's a little dramatic. Would it not be as big of a deal if it was (Eli) Whiteside? All this because it was their star player."
Marlins infielder Greg Dobbs(notes) tells the paper that "cooler heads will prevail" and perhaps they will. Like Posey, Cousins is now also on the disabled list and probably won't be anywhere around the park. Hanley Ramirez(notes) is on the DL, too, so the Giants won't have the opportunity to throw at him in an "eye-for-eye" fashion.
That's not to mention that the Giants also have much bigger things to worry about, namely ending a skid that has seen them drop 10 of their last 13 and fall one game behind the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West. If they didn't retaliate in the game the day after Posey's injury, why would they aim for retribution now?
Then again, it's not like the Giants have never held a long grudge over a past event that was way less important: Anyone remember Barry Zito v. Prince Fielder in the spring of 2010?