ARLINGTON -- Rangers catcher Bengie Molina admits he has let the thought creep into the back of his mind. With Texas' 3-2 lead over New York in the American League Championship Series and the Giants one National League Championship Series win away from sealing a trip to the World Series, there's a distinct possibly that Molina could face the team that traded him away just four months ago.
"I don't like it, but I can't help it," said Molina, who still calls, texts and keeps tabs on his former San Francisco teammates. "They are in a good position; we are in a good position."
With heralded rookie Buster Posey being groomed to take over behind the plate, Molina's role was in jeopardy once Posey was promoted at the end of May. The Giants initially played Posey at first base, but by the end of June it was clear that Molina's role was more of what he calls "a father figure" to the young squad.
"He's a very humble kid," Molina said of the 23-year-old Posey, who was batting .313 with two RBIs through four NLCS games. "What else can you ask [for] but that? When I left I could have helped them out, been a backup for him, but [the Giants] didn't think that way. They thought I was going to be mad, and they said the Rangers were interested in trading for me."
The move became official July 1 when Texas shipped Chris Ray and Michael Main to San Francisco for Molina, adding a defensive-minded veteran catcher to help steady a young pitching staff. Molina fit in right away with the Rangers' relaxed clubhouse -- whom he calls a "special group" -- and said he harbors no ill will over the trade.
"I've seen it all. I don't get rattled," Molina said. "It was a great move by them. [Posey is] an awesome player. I wish him the best. Only, if I face them, I don't wish them [the best]."
Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.