Buster Posey had the best seat in the house for the best performances in the Giants' 8-3 victory over Detroit in Game 1 of the World Series.

Posey caught both Barry Zito and Tim Lincecum on Wednesday night, the two guys a month ago nobody thought he could catch. Then he was in the on-deck circle for all three of Pablo Sandoval's home runs and was the first man to greet him each time he touched home plate.

"The third one I just looked at him and said, 'Wow,' " Posey said. "And he just smiled."

On top of all that, Posey didn't have such a bad night himself.

He chipped in two hits, made an alert tag and throw on Delmon Young's bouncer in front of the plate for a fourth-inning double play and steered the pitching staff through the Series-opening win.

But as is usually his wont, Posey preferred to talk about the heroes, primarily Sandoval and Zito.

Of Pablo's three home runs, Posey said he watched replays of them after the game and marveled that he was able to hit them at three different locations out of the zone.

"It was pretty incredible," he said. "The first one he hit was up and in, the next one was painted away and the third one was down out of the strike zone as well. I've never played with anybody who can hit bad balls like he can with the authority that he can. I don't think there's many who have ever played that can hit the ball as hard as he does when it's not a strike."