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Gustavo Molina may be the Yankees’ backup catcher

Mar 25, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

Jacque Jones, Gustavo Molina

There are rumblings emanating from Tampa that, as suggested yesterday, Jesus Montero won’t be the Yankees’ backup catcher. But not so fast, Austin Romine fans! Your man won’t be either.  The real number two: Gustavo Molina.

I normally don’t give a diddly durn about backup catchers, but Molina, you’ll recall, had a nice little feature written about him by Ben Shpigel of the New York Times earlier this spring. The hook: Molina has no chance to make the club, but he tries his damndest all the same.

That trying paid off. Good for Gustavo. And, though he’s not related to Jose, Bengie and Yadier, Viva Molina!

  1. cur68 - Mar 25, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    I’ve said it before; I shoulda changed my name to “Molina’, learned to catch and let the fates take over. Next dog I get, I swear he’s gonna be called Molina. Or Yadier. Hell I really like both names. Gonna get 2 dogs….

    • Kevin S. - Mar 25, 2011 at 3:41 PM

      Doc Brown-style?

      • cur68 - Mar 25, 2011 at 3:43 PM

        Ayup. Current beast called Carter after Joe. Previous guy was Oilcan.

  2. spudchukar - Mar 25, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Can’t wait for the Millwood/Molina battery.

    • spudchukar - Mar 25, 2011 at 3:40 PM

      The new M & M boys.

  3. sportsdrenched - Mar 25, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    If Jesus Montero is a big time prospect why would you want him as the back-up?

    If he’s not the starter keep him in AAA so he plays everyday.

  4. BC - Mar 25, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Wait a minute. What happened to Cervelli?

    • cur68 - Mar 25, 2011 at 3:53 PM

      Broke his foot. He’s done for a bit. The Yankers are rebuilding @ catcher. Among other spots.

    • phukyouk - Mar 25, 2011 at 4:05 PM

      LMAO! injured until May. welcome to 2 weeks ago :-)

      • Utley's Hair - Mar 25, 2011 at 4:27 PM

        Hey, there, phukyouk, take it easy on BC—at least Cervelli isn’t dead.

      • BC - Mar 25, 2011 at 5:07 PM

        Why not go with Martin and throw Posada in there as backup until Cervelli gets back? Posada can’t throw well any more, but he’s not exactly inexperienced at calling games. Having him catch 8 or 10 games won’t kill him or the team.
        Unless of course Martin is hurt too.

  5. Ari Collins - Mar 25, 2011 at 3:56 PM

    Makes sense to me. Romine is a good prospect as well, and there’s no reason to hurt his development by having him ride the pine.

  6. purdueman - Mar 25, 2011 at 7:35 PM

    Backup catchers don’t impact playoff races unless your main catcher goes out for an extended period of time, and if your main catcher does go down to injury, big spending teams like the Yankees, Phillies and Red Sox would simply just go out and trade for a replacement with a small market club.

    What’s far more interesting is the likely upcoming flurry of posts from Yankee Honk uyf about all of the breaking speculation as to who Elizabeth Taylor left her fortune to. As we’ve seen today on a different Yankee topic, uyf is totally smitten over what dead rich people do with their money, particularly when they have multiple kids as potential heirs just like King George did!

    • cur68 - Mar 25, 2011 at 7:49 PM

      get a life purdue. uyf doesn’t rip into people over nothing and he’s got more class in fingernail clippings than you got in your whole body.

      • purdueman - Mar 25, 2011 at 8:03 PM

        cur68… you don’t know me at all, and I’d bet my house that you’ve never met uyfy either. That would make you an ignorant jackass who’s sticking his big nose in where it doesn’t belong.

        Please stick to YOUR OWN posts!

      • cur68 - Mar 25, 2011 at 8:11 PM

        Nope. You got no class. Not what so ever. Never likely gonna have any either. uyf hasn’t even posted here and you dragged HIM in so balls to you and your suggestions. I read what you said about Latino players and I’ve seen how you go out of your way to badger people. You are a loser, a racist, and likely a liar. Most of the people who post here have some class. Stop posting and read some of their stuff and you might learn something, you ignorant tool.

      • purdueman - Mar 25, 2011 at 8:18 PM

        cur68… like ripping me over information I had heard over sports talk radio shows ANY class? Think again. uyf has shown today that if all the class I have is in my fingernail clippings (as you assert), than that would mean that you’re implying that all the class that ufy possesses must be in my stools!

        You have shown though by your post making a totally sophomoric attempt at ripping me AND sticking your big schnoz in where it doesn’t belong, that you have all the class of an exposed five day copse.

        Look in the mirror before you start ripping people, pal! I have no ax to grind with uyfy other than his way over the top total obsession with the late George Steinbrenner estate. Who cares?

      • cur68 - Mar 25, 2011 at 8:21 PM

        yup. You really are just an ignorant tool
        in the immortal words of another miscreant like yourself;
        buh bye loser

  7. purdueman - Mar 25, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    cur68… you are totally delusional… DRUG TEST! Get a hold of some bad pills or something?

    You know NOTHING about me, but people like you who interfere with their childish off topic posts on forums like this are a TOTAL PAIN IN THE ARSE! How old are you? 16? 17? (that’s what your hateful posts would leave anyone to believe).

    So I’m a racist, ignorant and any other insult that I would expect from a potty mouthed teenager to hurl? Oooh! I’m cut to the quick! (NOT!). The biggest problem with the internet is that you can’t confront your accusers person to person, leading to dumbfuc&s like you running wild (and anonymously), on your keyboards.

    I wish I could confront you though, because I’d love to give you what you deserve… a knuckle sandwich! You better get your big fat mouth in check pal, because one of these days you’re going to call someone else in person a name like you’ve just called me and that’s going to result in you losing your front teeth and seeing stars from your prone position on the ground.

    That’s sincere advice from someone I’m sure is a lot older, wiser and more experienced than you. Now why don’t you go back to playing with yourself while viewing kiddie porn sites? Sicko!

  8. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 25, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    Craig, why you always causing trouble on the internet for, you in big trouble mr.


  9. purdueman - Mar 25, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    Let me just show you just how totally ignorant cur68 really is. He posts that I’m a racist. Answer the following cur68:

    1) What race am I? White? Latino? Black? Asian? Arab? Mixed?
    2) What religion do I follow? Jewish, Catholic, Mormon, Protestant, Muslim? Other?
    3) What race is my wife? White? Latino? Black? Asian? Arab? Mixed?
    4) What race are creed are my three best friends?

    You see, a true racist is one who’s truly ignorant. You can’t possibly know (other than with a lucky guess), the answers to the above questions, so who are you to call ANYBODY a racist?

    There is no place for people like you in this world. Whatever it is that’s troubling you to have such a highly dysfunctional personality, PLEASE seek professional help.

    • paperlions - Mar 26, 2011 at 10:33 AM

      Actually, that isn’t what a racist is at all, you display your ignorance by your inaccuracy. Racists are not ignorant, they simply believe that inherent differences in race are indicative of personal qualities and (generally) that their own race is superior. The varying strength of those beliefs lead to a number of racist manifestations, including, but not limited to, bigotry, bias, hate, and fear. You need not know any personal characteristics about someone to determine if statements they make are racist. Indeed, it is possible to make racist statements about one’s own race.

      • purdueman - Mar 26, 2011 at 12:31 PM

        paperlions… why did you waste your time to post such drivel? The bottom line is that cur68 stuck his big schnozola into a friendly and spirited give and take between me and another poster and without having ANY clue or idea as to who I am posted hateful and incendiary slurs against me. Why would you want to side with a scumbag that would do that?

      • paperlions - Mar 26, 2011 at 2:38 PM

        I’m not taking sides (except for the side of truth)….just pointing out that you are stating inaccuracies. If you would actually read what was posted instead picking nonsensical fights, you would notice that I didn’t make any statements whatsoever referring to you or anyone else…I just clarified what racism is…which you do not seem to understand.
        BTW, you misspelled Perdue…the chicken company is spelled with an “e”; I’m sure you aren’t referring to the university.

      • purdueman - Mar 26, 2011 at 3:51 PM

        paperlions… you have WAY too much time on your hands and are about as funny as a fatal car accident too.

  10. spudchukar - Mar 26, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    I would comment here but the clever repartee is out of my league.

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