Bengie Molina hustled out to the third base line to warm cheers, took his spot next to his St. Louis teammates and raised his arm to acknowledge the San Francisco fans.
Nearly 2 1/2 years later, Molina got his standing ovation Friday for his role in the Giants' run to the 2010 World Series title - despite playing for the Texas Rangers in the matchup. The former catcher returned to AT&T Park as the first-year assistant hitting coach of the Cardinals.
The 38-year-old Molina spent the 2007-09 seasons with the Giants. The Gold Glover was traded to Texas midway through the 2010 season to make way for Buster Posey and retired after that season, so he never came through San Francisco's waterfront ballpark to collect his World Series ring.
While Edgar Renteria and Juan Uribe left the Giants and later received their rings when they came to town with new teams, the Giants mailed Molina his prize. Molina hadn't been back at all until this series.
On Friday morning, Molina had already p...