What Buster Posey has been able to accomplish this year has been nothing short of miraculous.
After winning the Rookie of the Year award in 2010, we should expect Posey to put up the type of numbers he is now, but not after what happened last year.
Not only did Posey have to physically rehab his way back to the field after tearing three ligaments in his left ankle and breaking a bone in his lower left leg, but he had to overcome the mental aspect of enduring a potential career-ending injury.
But Posey, at least through the first month of the season, has overcome his injury and is in the midst of tearing the cover off of the ball at the plate. He has missed only three games thus far, and is currently batting .353/.409/.603 with four home runs and nine RBI.
The question wasn't if Posey would be able to return to form at some point in the season; it was a question of when. And coming back this strong so early in the season must've not been easy after teams made it obvious that they had no problem testing how healed his leg and ankle really are.
Baseball isn't necessarily known for being a "gentleman's game" anymore. Even though the majority of the baseball community feared for Posey's well-being in the grand scheme of things, everything changes when in the heat of battle.
Players have been sliding into Posey's legs at the plate.
Pitchers have been aiming at his left leg when trying to bean him purposefully.
What Posey endured last year was no secret to the rest of baseball, and they're trying to exploit it if it means winning a baseball game or sending a message. But for Posey to put that incident in the back of his mind this early in the season is truly remarkable and it deserves more recognition.