buster.posey.jpgLast week’s Buster Posey themed B of A “customer appreciation” event that news orgs like the Appeal and SF Weekly told you about apparently wasn’t as appreciative as one might have hoped, according to the Chronicle’s Leah Garchik.

The Giants’ starring catcher was expected to, said the press release sent to the Appeal:

(S)urprise customers at select banking centers around the city on April 21. During his unannounced visits, Posey will give away tickets to upcoming Giants games along with other baseball-themed items. His appearances are part of a larger, national program that uses Bank of America’s sponsorship of Major League Baseball to demonstrate its gratitude to customers who also share bank’s passion for America’s National Pastime.

Posey fans who Garchik says were lined up at the bank might have been surprised, all right: after arriving quite late due to traffic his limo hit on its way from Orinda, where he lives, Posey “and his entourage” Garchik says “strode straight to an escalator that whisked them upstairs to an office, where he signed giveaways behind closed doors.”

When Garchik was finally able to speak with Posey, she says she asked about his paid endorsement gig with BofA. “I am not at liberty to discuss that,” he told her, “and that ended a conversation I’m sure he enjoyed every bit as much as I did” says the Chron scribe.

Did any of you hit BofA on Thursday to catch a glimpse of the Giant? How was it?

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Jamie Whitaker

    I kinda figured he wouldn’t be living at Portside condos in Rincon Hill this season. Nice fella … used to see him at Gabby Cafe getting snacks and what not. Sounds like this PR thing wasn’t very well planned.