Texas & Molina vs. San Fran & Posey

October 25, 2010

Well, I got my wish. Ron Washington’s Texas crew against Sabean’s Giants. Should be an interesting series. Lots of great and fresh stories to explore. Not the same ol’ Philly Yanks thing.

I find it interesting that regardless the outcome, Bengie Molina will be taking home a ring because he played half of the 2010 season with both teams. I’m sure he had a huge impact on the young pitching staff of the Giants and a big reason they’re in the position that they’re in. Ditto for the Rangers.

Say what you will about the Molina brothers…they’re a little rotund, slow, whatever. The fact is, these cats are getting it done. One of them is in the hunt every year getting a big hit or putting in a solid defensive performance. No doubt, Posey, Mauer, or even Ruiz are easier on the eyes and we’d all probably rather watch them. But you’ve gotta hand it to them, the Molina’s have a knack for getting to the big dances.

So who am I rooting for? Tough one. I played for the Giants and they’re in California. I’ve still got friends there. I love Krukow and Kuiper and Miller. I can’t take my eyes off Lincecum when he pitches. I love their stadium. On the other hand, Texas might as well be a separate country, but they have Wash and Hurdle and I love watching Vlad, Kinsler, Hamilton, and the rest of their offense do their thing. And I feel the same way about Lee as I do about Lincecum. Soooooo….I’ll take Texas I guess.

6 Responses to “Texas & Molina vs. San Fran & Posey”

  1. Gerry says:

    Brent – Looked to me like Buster was getting the pitchs called from the bench, at least for game four. Given that they had a rookie starting pitcher in Bumgarner, and Buster himself was a rookie, neither end of the battery had much experience – might have been a good idea to help Buster with pitch calling. What do you think? Meanwhile, I’ll be watching closely when the veteran Lincicome is on the bump to see whether Buster still gets guidance from the bench.

  2. Brent Mayne says:

    Definitely not. I think what you thought was pitch calling was actually Buster looking in when runners were on base for instructions on controlling the running game. No catchers in the Grande Leagues have pitches called for them. Period.

  3. GoGigantos says:

    Much thanks Brent for clearing that up. Not that I had any doubt about Posey behind the plate. The kid clearly has a “feel” for the game, and his pitchers, and the moment, and the large stage that is El League Grande.
    I always enjoyed you as a Giant.
    Love you as a contributor to my understanding and appreciation of the game.
    Are you as happy as so many that the spell of the ‘Stick has been broken and the Giants are, finally, Champions?

  4. Hans says:

    so who do you think was the better catcher in the series? they were both pretty good. Molina seemed to have the same look on his face, during game 4, as the Texas Fans and most of the other Rangers players for that matter, a kind of resignation or knowing whats going to come. And what would you say was the biggest reason the Giants won the series?

  5. Billy says:

    Brent, I remember a while back you had a post on framing. I noticed both catchers framing pitches at times. I generally don’t mind it, but sometimes it looked like they moved the glove six inches or so. It didn’t seem to sway the umpires at all. Of course, I’m mentioning this in good humor.

    I really liked Mr. Molina. He may be a slow runner, but he is very quick behind the plate, blocking pitches in the dirt and going after the ones that squirted a few feet away. I was quite impressed with him.

  6. Nona Mills says:

    Brent, I remember a while back you had a post on framing. I noticed both catchers framing pitches at times. I generally don’t mind it, but sometimes it looked like they moved the glove six inches or so. It didn’t seem to sway the umpires at all. Of course, I’m mentioning this in good humor. I really liked Mr. Molina. He may be a slow runner, but he is very quick behind the plate, blocking pitches in the dirt and going after the ones that squirted a few feet away. I was quite impressed with him.

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