Molina: The Story of the Father Who Raised an Unlikely Baseball Dynasty

By Bengie Molina

The New York Times bestseller approximately significant League Baseball’s Molina brothers and the way they turned Gold Glove, international Series–winning catchers: “A easily advised, deeply relocating tale, fairly in contrast to the standard baseball ebook” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review).

A baseball principles ebook. A tape degree. A lottery price tag. those have been within the pocket of Bengie Molina’s father while he died of a middle assault at the rutted Little League box in his Puerto Rican barrio. The goods are strong symbols in Molina’s attractive memoir approximately his father, who via baseball taught his 3 sons approximately loyalty, humility, braveness, and the genuine which means of success.

Bengie and his brothers—José and six-time All-Star Yadier—became recognized catchers within the significant Leagues with international sequence championships between them. in basic terms the DiMaggio brothers can rival the Molinas because the such a lot complete siblings in baseball history.

Bengie was once the least more likely to achieve the Majors. He used to be too gradual, too delicate, and too small. yet yearning his loved father’s appreciate, Bengie weathered failure after deflating failure until eventually in the future he was once hoisting an international sequence trophy in a Champagne-soaked clubhouse. All alongside he inspiration he was once pleasing his father’s personal failed dream of baseball glory—only to find it had now not been his father’s dream at all.

Written with the emotional energy of activities classics comparable to Field of Dreams and Friday evening Lights, Molina is a love tale among a powerful yet fallacious father and a son who, in unearthing solutions approximately his father’s lifestyles, involves comprehend his personal. “It’s this year’s baseball e-book probably to be made right into a fabulous motion picture” (Chicago Tribune).

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It was once early morning, an hour prior to perform. I walked onto the empty box in my bathe footwear. All these years. The bus rides from Cedar Rapids to Peoria, Midland to Shreveport. The damaged wipers at the Nova. the handfuls of failed tryouts. The soda-cracker barbells. El Caballo Loco. The spikes at the cellphone twine. The darkish Mayaguez bullpen. and naturally, all these afternoons with Pai at the box around the highway. I known as him that afternoon whilst I obtained again to the resort. “I’m at the crew. ” “Which workforce? ” He proposal I intended one of many farm groups. “Opening Day roster, Pai. ” “For actual? ” He laughed. “Opening Day? Oh, mi hijo, I’m so chuffed for you. ” “Thank you for every thing, Pai. ” Mai obtained at the telephone and whooped it up. Then Pai acquired again on. “Don’t waste this chance. ” What? in the end I had I been via to get this a long way? Did he relatively imagine I’d do anything to blow it now? I known as Cheo on the Cubs resort in Mesa to provide him the inside track. Later, after Cheo and that i went out for our traditional Panda convey dinner on the mall, i used to be nonetheless considering Pai’s remark approximately losing my chance. perhaps his caution was once intended now not for me yet for his more youthful self. whilst camp broke, Todd Greene was once despatched to Triple A. i used to be named the starter. After I packed up my locker, I tipped the clubbies. THE ANGELS STUNK. We sank within the standings a week. yet on a daily basis we confirmed up on the park completely confident we'd flip the season round. Scioscia’s staff conferences and nutty assignments in spring education have been paying off. Our inside of jokes and tales had the impact of bonding us like a relatives. They reminded us we have been during this jointly. Us opposed to the realm. Scioscia persisted to hit a similar subject matters he did in spring education: Play clever, play not easy, be aware of every thing, outwork your opponent, imagine extra concerning the identify at the entrance of the jersey than the identify at the again. And win this present day. I stuck nearly on a daily basis and discovered the nuances of every pitcher. With high-strung, talkative Ramon Ortiz, i used to be hard-nosed and blunt; he wouldn’t pay attention in a different way. With Scott Schoeneweis, I spoke extra lightly; a kick within the butt in simple terms acquired him rattled. I talked to Jarrod Washburn extra like a chum. With Tim Belcher, a veteran and Cy younger contender, I simply listened; he knew what he desired to do. crucial factor, Scioscia frequently jogged my memory, was once to construct belief and appreciate. you will want your pitcher to understand you’ve performed your homework, that you simply be aware of which hitters are scorching, that are scrapping. a glass has to have entire self assurance in what you’re calling. He can’t carry something again on his pitches. Doubt is a killer. I take into account one video game coaxing our erratic twenty-two-year-old pitcher throughout the first few innings. Then I took back-to-back foul how you can my palms and misplaced feeling in my hand. The numbness gave solution to prickly soreness, like for those who positioned warmth on freezing arms. Then the hand swelled and stiffened. yet I wasn’t leaving the sport. The kid’s concentration and self assurance may perhaps crack if he all of sudden needed to change to another catcher.

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