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The catching Molina you probably haven’t heard of

Feb 21, 2011, 8:35 AM EDT

Jacque Jones, Gustavo Molina

Ben: That Molina was our last hope.

Yoda: No. There … is another:

Every winter, Gustavo Molina and his wife, Carla, seem to have the same conversation. She asks him which team he will play for. He tells her he doesn’t know. She asks why he switches teams every season. He tells her that it’s his job … Molina is not related to the renowned catching Molinas — Bengie, Yadier and Jose — though he sometimes jokes that he is. He does not have their pedigree, either. The last four springs, he has zigzagged across Florida, going from Port St. Lucie (Mets) to Viera (Nationals) to Fort Myers (Red Sox) to Tampa in search of work.

He is still searching.

How many times a year, on average, do you think Gustavo has to tell people that he’s not related to the other Molinas?  Man that has to suck.

Good story by Ben Shpigel about what it means to be, like, the 35th guy on a 25-man roster.

  1. phukyouk - Feb 21, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    the star wars references never get old.

  2. flapjack3285 - Feb 21, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    “But listen, and understand: more Molinas are out there. They can’t be bargained with. They can’t be reasoned with. They don’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And they absolutely will not stop, ever, until there is one on every Major League roster. ”

    http://shysterball.blogspot.com/2008/09/and-that-happened_11.html

  3. umrguy42 - Feb 21, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Maybe the other Molinas can take pity and just “adopt” him, so he doesn’t have to explain any more? :p

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