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Scott Cousins Speaks Out For First Time Since Buster Posey Injury

Miami Marlins outfielder Scott Cousins has been very quiet in the media after a collision with San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey at home plate in late May ended his 2011 season.

But Cousins will be on MLB TV’s Hot Stove Wednesday evening (2:30, 4:30 PT), and CSN Bay Area got a hold of some of the transcript.

On Posey telling Bob Costas this July that he didn’t have the chance to talk with Cousins since the collision:
"Maybe he didn’t. I don’t know what he was up to. He was very busy, I know that. He was trying to get his leg fixed and he was on the verge of having twins, I know that, so maybe he didn’t have the chance. Maybe he still doesn’t have the chance. I don’t know. That’s up to him."

Don’t think Buster was in any mood to talk then, but I believe both men have grown from it and are past it, as proof in Cousin’s comments about Brian Sabean:

On Giants GM Brian Sabean saying after the game that Cousins tried to be a hero:
"It hurt, I’m not gonna lie. It’s my hometown. The Giants were the team I grew up watching and wanted to play for but … people sometimes in the heat of the moment say things that they regret."

"We talked a little bit and he expressed to me that he regretted the things he had said on-air and that we were all gonna move forward. And that, that meant a lot to me, that he reached out to me to explain himself."

And what of his eventual return to AT&T? Cousins is optimistic about the situation:

On what it will be like during his next game at AT&T Park:
Who knows? I anticipate a lot of boos but hopefully Buster Posey’s catching and I can give him a pat on the back and let him know "You know, I’m happy for you that you made your comeback and that you’re doing so well." That’s what I hope and that’s what I anticipate.

USF Don’s baseball coach Nino Giarratano, where Cousins played his college ball, said that "deep down in his core I don’t think Scott’s ever gonna be past it … but I think he’s learned how to deal with it so that he could be successful as a human being."

For more on the Giants, head over to McCovey Chronicles.