In Puerto Rico's win on Sunday night in the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic, St. Louis Cardinals' catcher Yadier Molina was held without a hit at the plate on the night. In fact, Molina struggled, leaving four men on base and striking out once while hitting in the all-important fourth spot in the Puerto Rican lineup.
Despite Molina's struggles at the plate, Puerto Rico survived with a 3-1 win over Japan and after the game, even though Molina had a quiet night, former St. Louis Cardinals' manager Tony La Russa raved about how special of a player Molina truly is.
Here is what La Russa said about his former catcher in some comments made to the New York Times:
“He just doesn’t allow his team to lose. It’s entertainment at the highest level. He is so good, it’s amazing. You watch him the whole game, and he’s worth the price of admission.”
“It’s not just instinct. It’s sense, based on how a hitter’s standing, how he responds to the pitch or two before, and ...