SAN FRANCISCO -- Buster Posey had the best seat in the house for the best performances in the Giants' 8-3 victory over Detroit in Game 1 of the World Series.
Posey caught both Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum on Wednesday night, the two guys a month ago nobody thought he could catch. Then he was in the on-deck circle for all three of Pablo Sandoval's home runs and was the first man to greet him each time he touched home plate.
"The third one I just looked at him and said, 'Wow,' " Posey said. "And he just smiled."
On top of all that, Posey didn't have such a bad night himself.
He chipped in two hits, made an alert tag and throw on Delmon Young's bouncer in front of the plate for a fourth-inning double play and steered the pitching staff through the Series-opening win.
But as is usually his wont, Posey preferred to talk about the heroes, primarily Sandoval and Zito.
Of Pablo's three home runs, Posey said he watched replays of them after the game and marveled that he was able to hit them at three different locations out of the zone.
"It was pretty incredible," he said. "The first one he hit was up and in, the next one was painted away and the third one was down out of the strike zone as well. I've never played with anybody who can hit bad balls like he can with the authority that he can. I don't think there's many who have ever played that can hit the ball as hard as he does when it's not a strike."
"I looked in the dugout to try and take in everybody's reaction," he said. "When it's happening, you're not sure if it's really happening or not.
"Hitting three homers in a game at any point in the season is impressive, but to do it on this stage is really special."
Posey said Zito was nearly as good in this start as he was during his 72/3-inning gem in St. Louis.
"It was nice again, keeping them off-balance, giving them different looks, throwing the fastball and cutter in in the right situations and also throwing it away as well," he said. "He was able to throw his off-speed in any count. I think the fastball command wasn't quite as crisp as it was against St. Louis, but he still did a good enough job with the other stuff to keep them off the fastball."
"He was impressive," Posey said. "He seemed to be right in line with everything, had a good slider and changeup, and he commanded the fastball pretty well."
On another good night for the Giants' defense, Posey had one of a pivotal plays. After Prince Fielder reached base to start the top of the fourth, Young hit a bouncer right in front of the plate. Posey pounced out of his crouch to snag it, tag Young and then throw to second to nail the advancing Fielder.
"I played it and I thought I heard (home plate ump) Gerry (Davis) call him out as I tagged him," Posey said. "So just finished the play off by throwing to second."
As for his hitting, the Giants' MVP candidate believes he's starting to figure some things out after struggling throughout much of the postseason.
"I've been pitched well, but I've chased some pitches," he said. "I feel like my path was a little bit better tonight. I've been coming off some pitches and pulling off. I was happy with the last hit, staying inside that ball and hitting it the other way. Hopefully I can continue to do that. Tonight, it just felt good to contribute."