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Bengie Molina gets a surprise retirement party

Feb 26, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

Bengie Molina AP

Bengie Molina never officially announced his retirement while sitting out the 2011 season, but he got a proper sendoff when his wife threw him a surprise retirement party Saturday,’s Andrew Baggarly reports.

Albert Pujols, Matt Cain, Barry Zito and Ervin Santana were among the guests at the bash, designed to celebrate the career of the eldest Molina brother. Pujols and catchers Ramon Hernandez and Miguel Montero showed up even though they were never teammates with Molina.

“It was a special night,” Molina said. “I can’t thank enough all the people that came. At some point they touched my life and helped me be who I am right now.”

Molina, 37, never signed for 2011 after finishing splitting 2010 between San Francisco and Texas. He was on the losing side when those two teams met in the World Series, but he got a ring anyway for the contributions he made with the Giants. He finished his career with a .274/.307/.411 line, 144 homers and 711 RBI in 1,362 games over 13 seasons.

  1. cur68 - Feb 26, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    The Molina Hegemony’s down a man, eh? Happy retirement, Bengie.

    • dondada10 - Feb 26, 2012 at 7:40 PM

      I hope all 3 of them end up having sons catch in the majors.

      Call it a hunch, but I think Jose’s kids are gonna be the best, Bengie’s the fattest and Yadier’s the most tattooed.

      • cur68 - Feb 26, 2012 at 8:50 PM

        Middle Molina, FTW!

    • 24missed - Feb 26, 2012 at 8:59 PM

      Enjoy the days, Bengie!

      I always wanted a Molina for the Sox.

      Hey Dreamy,

      Thanks for your sweet message. I tried to post back, but the comment wouldn’t
      work. I still think how cool it was you sitting in your apple tree reading. Not surprised.

      I was off for a few days due to a family emergency, which appears steady right now.

      • cur68 - Feb 26, 2012 at 10:43 PM

        24! How lovely to “see” you. I’ve been working on more luv pomes. Here’s my latest:
        ” Row, row, row your boat,
        Gently down the stream.
        Merrily, merrily, merrily .
        24missed dans mon excellente rêve humide”…

        …good, eh? That’s the sort of thing I used to compose in the apple tree where I could look over the fence and keep an eye on the neighbor’s daughter working on her tan (strictly for her own safety: sunburns can lead to skin damage, y’know. Besides, I and wanted to be in eye range should she need help with her suntan oil. I’m cool like that). Gaston the Cat was a handy excuse for speaking with her.

        Good luck with the emergencies. I hope things work out ok.

      • 24missed - Feb 27, 2012 at 3:04 PM


        That is some lovely porne, I mean poem, for me.
        Slip, sliding away through the evening hours?
        Five years of French, years ago, I am
        pretty rusty at it.

        My attempt at verse for you:

        Star light, Star bright,
        The Stud I hope to see tonight,
        I wish I may, I wish I might,
        Give my Cur, une pipe tonight.

        I am so satisfied to be back.

        You are ever the gentleman to be on
        the watch for the fair maiden, pun intended.
        Ah, Gaston the Cool Cat, served his purposes
        just fine.

  2. sisqsage - Feb 26, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Helped every team he played on. Very underrated at catcher. Pitchers liked the way he called a game. Lincecum loved him. Giants batted him cleanup most of the time because they didn’t have anybody else in 08 and 09 who could hit in that spot, and he still put up good numbers.
    Guess he’ll be remembered most for being too slow on the bases and giving way to Buster Posey’s career.
    But good job on a nice career overall, Bengie.

  3. zenqual - Feb 26, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Bless you Benji, you often got a bad break from fans but not from the people you played with. In 2010 you got full shares from both WS teams and both were well deserved.

  4. mmason0071 - Feb 26, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Clever way for his wife to stomp out any ideas he might have had about playing again. With a designated runner rule Benji could have played a few more years.

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