Giants’ catcher Buster Posey donated 1,000 Rawlings baseball gloves to a crowd of cheering Junior Giants on top of the visitor’s dugout at AT&T Park on Monday.
“In this day and age, if a kid doesn’t have a glove, it’s pretty hard to invite someone to go play catch, so that’s one of the reasons Buster’s here,” said Duane Kuiper, sportscaster for the Giants, who moderated a Q&A between Posey and the kids.
The Junior Giants is a co-ed baseball program for children between the ages of 5 to 18. The program is free and non-competitive, focusing on teaching youth baseball basics and life skills during the summer.
They have more than 25,000 players in 90 separate leagues across California, Nevada and Oregon. Posey works as a commissioner for the program.
“I’m passionate about baseball, I’ve been passionate since I was these guys’ age,” Posey said when asked why he donated the gloves.
Posey took questions from the group of giddy fans, most of them donning Giants gear head to toe.
A select group of roughly 60 kids walked up to the stage for Posey to personally hand them their new gloves. The rest of the crowd picked them up on the way out, along with a new wiffle ball and bat.
“We have lots and lots of kids in the program that don’t have gloves,” Kuiper said. “A glove a pretty important.”
For the final question of the afternoon, a Junior Giant asked Posey if he has a pet.
He turned and looked into the dugout.
“I have two dogs, a springer spaniel and a German shepherd. One of them’s name is Nolan Arenado,” Posey said, as Arenado, a Rockies player, looked up and smiled.
The Junior Giants will attend the Giants game against the Rockies Monday night at 7 p.m.