Tue Jul 06 05:47pm EDT
Still, the news that Molina had been traded to the Texas Rangers last week "felt like a blow to the stomach" when it was delivered to the veteran.
Or, perhaps more accurately, it felt like a blow to the stomach when you're looking over your shoulder at something else.
In his newest blog post, Molina confirms what Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle had suspected: The catcher did not hear of his trade from general manager Brian Sabean or other members of San Francisco's front office, but from teammates who had heard it via email, texts and Twitter.
"No, what happened?'' I asked, but he didn't answer.
"Yeah, what's going on?''
"Are you going to be OK? I'm sorry, man. I'm so sorry,'' he said.
I still didn't know what he was talking about.
I guess everyone had seen it on the internet or had received messages about it. I turned on my phone and there was a text from Jamie: "We're off to Texas.''
I thought, "What the heck?''
No, not very cool at all, considering that it's proper front-office protocol to inform the involved players of the trade before they're informed by anyone else.
It's even more of a downer when you consider that Molina was one of the most respected players on the team and saw that young pitching staff graduate into greatness.
Schulman says that Sabean and Co. don't have a track record of stiffing the sendoffs on notices, so we'll have to believe that this was an unfortunate oversight.
You should still go check out Molina's entire blog, though, because it's amazing how he describes the goodbyes he shared with his former teammates — including Posey, the man who took his job. He'll clearly be missed in the Bay Area and it's nice to see he's headed to a team with a better chance of making the playoffs instead of a squad set for a second half of irrelevance.