I have a soft spot for Bengie Molina, especially because his blog, Behind the Mask is so well-done. I love getting his insights and hearing his stories. When my Bloglines exploded, like, last week, it pulled up some old posts from April '08, including this post about his past and his family, and how Bengie nearly gave up on baseball until his mother harangued an Angels scout to take a look at Bengie, who had no baseball shoes (had to borrow Jose's, as he'd thrown his own up on a telephone wire in frustration) and a Wal-Mart mitt.
Anyway, from Baggs' post-game notes from yesterday's game:
"“A lot of times I feel bad about (my speed),” he said. “I want to help these guys get the RBIs they deserve. But this is what God gave me. I’ve got to do the best I can with it. If it were up to me, I’d score every time they get a hit.
“That’s why I want to catch, that’s why I want to block every ball in the dirt, that’s why I want to throw guys out. That’s why. There’s one part of my game I feel bad about. That’s why I want to do so many other things to overcome that.”"
And last night, Bengie also proved the point I've been saying: if you hit it out of the park, you don't have to run as fast!