Nothing against the Yankees, understand.
But the Giants still love Bengie Molina.
"We're very, very excited for him," San Francisco starter Matt Cain said before the Giants and Phillies tangled in Game 4 here Wednesday. "We're loving watching him. It couldn't happen to a better person. He was great with us. I'm sure it's the same over there."
Cain and the other Giants hurlers pitched to Molina for nearly 3 1/2 years, from 2007 until Molina had to go when the Giants traded him to Texas on July 1 to make room for rookie Buster Posey.
Nothing personal, just the way baseball works.
Posey helped change the Giants season. And, as things turned out, Molina, 36, was the perfect addition for the Rangers.
Especially in New York Tuesday, when he crashed a three-run homer to help put away Game 4.
"Good for him," Giants shortstop Edgar Renteria said. "He's a good man. He deserves everything good.
"He helped a lot of guys in here."
One of them is Pablo "Kung Fu Panda" Sandoval. Molina took Sandoval under his wing after Panda broke in with the Giants in 2008.
"He helped me with everything," Sandoval said. "Inside and outside of the field. How to deal with fans. People."
Molina entered Game 5 Wednesday hitting .417 against the Yankees in the ALCS with a .462 on-base percentage.
Likes: The Brewers could do worse than hiring Pat Listach as manager. He interviewed Wednesday. ... The pitching in this Giants-Phillies series has been a treat, just as expected. We've barely gotten over the Game 1 hype and here come Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay to hook back up for a Game 5 duel Thursday. ... Edgar Renteria may be at the end of his career, but he sure is going out strong. The guy is playing in this NLCS despite a completely torn biceps muscle in his left arm. Ouch. ... Credit Giants manager Bruce Bochy with maneuvering his lineup with the skill of an expert watch-man. ... Always a good thing when Clint Eastwood has a new movie out. Looking forward to seeing Hereafter.
Dislikes: First June Cleaver, now Mr. C. Tom Bosley, who will always be Happy Days' Howard Cunningham, passed away on Tuesday. Peace, Mr. C. I'll see ya on reruns. ... Look out, we're about to get Huey Lewis for the Game 5 national anthem here.
Rock 'n' Roll Lyric of the Day:
"I keep a close watch on this heart of mine.
"I keep my eyes wide open all the time.
"I keep the ends out for the tie that binds.
"Because you're mine, I walk the line"
-- Johnny Cash, I Walk the Line