He took the MLB by storm, ignited an entire city and helped lead his Los Angeles Dodgers to the NLCS. Now, Yasiel Puig is the cover athlete for the latest issue of Eastbay Fielder’s Choice.
Despite being called up in June, Puig was a factor in both All-Star and Rookie of the Year discussions. He finished with a .319 batting average, 19 home runs and 42 RBIs. Following his arrival, the Dodgers made a historic jump from worst to first, including a 50-game stretch of 42-8.
It feels like the World Series just ended, but pitchers and catchers report early next month. If you’re gearing up for the upcoming baseball season, Fielder’s Choice is a must own. Within its pages, all of the latest and greatest in baseball gear that you need to perform at your highest level when returning to the diamond.
The Nike Air Huarache Pro Mid Metal was Puig’s primary weapon of choice during his sensational rookie season — now you can get a pair of your own. These elite-level cleats bring premium synthetic leather and mesh together on the upper, supported by a cross-strap for form-fitting support as you round the bases.
For turf performance, the New Balance 4040v2 Turf features a RevLite midsole that comes from the brand’s top-of-the-line running technology.
In early November I made the case that San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey was much more than Rookie of the Year especially to San Francisco fans. Coming from a fan that has waited his whole life for the opportunity to buy that golden ticket that every fan dreams of, I saw first hand the impact of this young star. It was apparent, even watching from a position that challenged my abilities to be objective, that there is something special about Buster Posey and the passion that he brings to the game of baseball. In late November Major League Baseball acknowledged his impact, as well as his potential by naming Posey the 2010 Rookie of the Year.
Eastbay was able to catch up with Buster Posey while the Giants made a stop at Wrigley Field to take on the Chicago Cubs earlier this year. It seemed appropriate that as Buster Posey was a key in leading the Giants to their first World Series since moving to San Francisco over 50 years ago, he’d make the perfect athlete to cover the Eastbay Fielder’s Choice catalog. Posey’s professionalism and class shines though in a couple of the behind the scenes videos from the photo shoot, as does his passion for the game and respect for those around him that helped him along the way.
Like many of us who love sports and have siblings, Buster’s memories from childhood tell of when the Eastbay Catalog arrived and quickly became the hot commodity of the household. Although Buster is hoping his brother doesn’t see the videos, it’s a safe bet that with his brother on the cover he most likely will.
Find out what it’s like for Buster Posey to be an Under Armour sponsored athlete, as well as some of the keys to his success below.