World Series success a Molina family affair

World Series success a Molina family affair

World Series success a Molina family affair
ST. LOUIS -- The Molina family is becoming quite a dynasty in baseball, especially in World Series play.

For the third consecutive year, one of the three catching brothers will be behind the plate in the Fall Classic, representing his team and his native Puerto Rico.

This time it's Yadier Molina, trying to help the Cardinals win their second championship in six seasons.

"It feels great," said Molina of the brothers' feat. "It's a blessing from God that a Molina is here represented."

Two years ago, Jose Molina won a ring with the New York Yankees. Although he was a backup to Jorge Posada, he did play a key role as A.J. Burnett's personal catcher and caught the right-hander's Game 2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.

In 2010, Bengie Molina also received a championship ring. It was an unusual situation, since the veteran backstop had been traded from the Giants to the Rangers midseason. Although he was on the losing end of a five-game series between San Francisco and Texas, he did receive a ring as a member of the 2010 Giants squad.

The brothers have won a total of five rings: two each for Jose and Bengie (their first was together with the Angels in 2002), plus one for Yadier in 2006 with the Cardinals, who defeated the Tigers in five games in that year's Fall Classic.

Now the Molinas want the streak to extend to three years in a row with a ring in the family.

With his brother after another title, Jose has posted numerous pro-Cardinals messages on his Twitter account counting down to Game 1 between St. Louis and Texas.

"They're all happy for me," said Yadier, who has been in touch with his brothers in recent days. "The whole family, we're all really happy."