Bengie Molina gets a ring for sure
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Bengie Molina gets a ring regardless of who wins this World Series.
"I don't know how to explain it, but it's going to be a very happy, weird feeling," said Molina, the catcher who was traded from San Francisco to Texas this season. "Just weird because I played there for 3½ years, and to wear another color in that stadium."
Molina has been with the Rangers for only 3½ months, shipped off by the Giants on July 1 to make room for top prospect Buster Posey behind the plate.
The man who he was traded for, reliever Chris Ray, could also receive a ring, but it's up to the discretion of the team and he has not been on any of the Giants' playoff rosters.
Both Molina and Ray could cash in twice monetarily, however. The San Jose Mercury News reported that the Giants voted full playoff shares to Molina and Ray, and the Rangers did the same.
Instead of catching Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Brian Wilson and the other Giants pitchers he knows so well, Molina faces a more difficult task -- trying to hit against them and beat them in Texas' first World Series.
It makes for a strange scenario: Both of Molina's teams are in the spotlight.
"It's going to be a very happy World Series for Bengie Molina. I'm going to try to enjoy it as much as I can," he said.
The Rangers acquired Molina to help settle their catching situation, and he shares time with Matt Treanor. Molina played 57 regular-season games with Texas and 61 for the Giants.
San Francisco traded Molina soon after promoting Posey, who became the club's cleanup hitter and a leading contender for NL Rookie of the Year.
"I think I knew [the Rangers] had a great chance to make it to the playoffs," he said. "For both teams to be in the World Series? Not a chance."
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.