Logan Webb indifferent about his Giants ace status, invested in World Series ambitions

When starter Logan Webb went back and watched a replay of the Giants’ NL West-clinching win, one thing struck him.

At the end of the game, Buster Posey was gazing out at the scene quietly.

“I saw Buster was kind of looking out at the field, it was weird. I didn’t see that until after he retired and I was like, ‘Holy cow,’ ” Webb said in a phone conversation with The Chronicle this week. “If I’d seen that at the time, I would have known right away.”

The All-Star catcher’s status was on everyone’s minds, and after the Giants’ Game 5 NLDS loss to the Dodgers, Webb said he approached Posey and said, “Hey, man, are you going to keep doing it?”

“He was just like, ‘I don’t know.’ So I guess it was just that time,” Webb said.

This has been an offseason of significant departures for the Giants, with Posey retiring and top starter Kevin Gausman leaving for a five-year, $110 million deal with the Blue Jays.

Both losses affect Webb deeply. Gausman was his mentor, Posey his guide behind the plate during his breakthrough 2021 season, and he calls them “friends for life.” He’s trying to focus on how glad he is that he had the chance to work with them rather than on their exits.

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