Buster praises Yadi's longevity, loyalty to Cardinals


From 2009 through 2021, baseball fans have been fortunate enough to watch two of the game's best catchers play in the National League. 

St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and Giants catcher Buster Posey have plenty in common and the two future Hall of Famers shared the field once again on Saturday. 

The Giants held Buster Posey Day at Oracle Park where fans in attendance had the opportunity to say goodbye to the longtime Giants catcher who announced his retirement early in the offseason. 

Throughout the ceremony, Molina was spotted off to the side enjoying the festivities and listening on as a long list of former Giants teammates and coaches came to pay tribute to Posey, including Molina's brother Bengie, Posey's former mentor. 

Immediately following the ceremony, Posey joined Giants broadcasters Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow in the booth, where he was asked about Molina's impressive 19-year MLB career. 

"It's incredible," Posey said on-air in the top of the second inning. "I was just talking to the media about him and just his longevity. I don't know if we're going to see it again, the fact that he can catch as many games as he does each year and still guide a pitching staff. I think the ones that get me are when he catches a 12-inning game in Chicago, a night game, and then he's back in there in the day. Those are the ones where ... I don't know, he's built differently than the rest of us."

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In addition to being future Hall of Famers, the two catchers have combined to win five World Series titles, 10 Gold Glove Awards, six Silver Sluggers and have been named to a combined 17 All-Star games. Both Posey and Molina also played for just one team their entire careers. 

"I've obviously followed Yadi's career before I was in the big leagues and continued to follow it, pay attention to the stuff going on in the offseason the last couple of years when he's been up for free agency," Posey added. "As a fan of the game, I'm just kind of keeping my fingers crossed that he stays in a Cardinals uniform."

Molina had previously announced his plan to retire after the 2022 season, likely sending him to Cooperstown one year after the Giants catcher. 

The game of baseball will certainly miss two of the greatest catchers to have ever played the position. 

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