Former catcher Molina throws out first pitch

Former catcher Molina throws out first pitch

ARLINGTON -- Retired catcher Bengie Molina was in the clubhouse before Tuesday's game and received his American League championship ring from the Rangers before throwing out the first pitch.

While he also received a World Series championship ring from the San Francisco Giants, he still said Texas has a special place in his heart and cherishes the memories he has with the Rangers.

Molina was traded from the Giants to the Rangers on July 1 of last season.

"It's very special," Molina said. "I was only here for four months, but deep in my heart, it felt like I'd been here for 10 years. I'm not just saying that because I'm here. This is one of the most exciting teams that I'd been on."

Molina said he's spent most of this season visiting his brothers, Yadier and Jose, who play catcher for the Cardinals and the Rays, respectively.

"I do [miss baseball]," Molina said. "I did this as a pro for 19 years, so obviously I miss it. It's a process. Everybody goes through it when they retire, going through the same thing. I'm adjusting pretty good. I had a few teams that wanted my services, but they never worked out."