Leading off…

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This is the first entry in a blog I’m hoping to keep updating throughout the season. Maybe it will give you a better feel for what it’s like in the clubhouse and on the field — and it will give me a chance to talk directly with fans and get to know them better.

I was thinking today about spring training and how pitchers have two ways to go: They can polish their best stuff, or they can work on the stuff that needs to get better. Obviously, you win more games in spring training when you put your best stuff out there. Our pitchers didn’t do that. We were always thinking about the season, not that particular spring-training game. We didn’t win a lot of games. Our pitchers looked pretty bad out there sometimes. When they got frustrated, I’d say, “Look, don’t get mad. You’re doing this to get ready for the season.”

Now we’re seeing it pay off.

Three wins in a row.

I can’t tell you what a difference that makes in the clubhouse and in the dugout. Guys are joking around more. Everybody’s more laid back and relaxed. That first week was rough, no doubt about it. We came out of spring training with people saying we were going to be last in the whole baseball world, not just our division. When they say things like that and then all of sudden you start winning, that makes us believe again. You think, “OK, we can do it.”

It’s not that you ever stop believing, even during the worst slumps. For me, it’s all about faith and trust. I trust my teammates, and I always remind myself, “This is a marathon, not a sprint.” I’m always talking to the younger guys about that, how we’re in this for the long haul and to stay positive, to not be so hard on themselves. But words are only going to take you so far. Nothing boosts your confidence like winning.

I can see it in the guys on the mound. They’re not pressing. They’re locating the fastball, keeping batters off balance. They understand they don’t have to overpower everybody. It’s been a great week so far.

Feel free to write in with questions or comments. It’d be great to hear what you’re thinking.

16 Comments

Bengie, you said it “faith and trust”. Last night Sanchez looked frustrated after giving up 2 runs in the top of the 1st, but you guys put up a few runs soon after and it was a ball game again. Thanks to you for starting this blog and keeping us in the loop. I, hope many more wins will follow.

Luis B.
Menifee, CA

Bengie, as a longtime fan, I can’t describe how good it feels to know that you guys are having fun again. Yes, this is your job, but it is also a game. It’s supposed to be fun! This is baseball…there are going to be slumps and there are going to be hot streaks. All you guys are here because you are the best at what you do. It’s good to know that we have veteran players like yourself stepping up and talking to the younger guys. And hey, being an underdog is not always a bad thing. It just means that you are going to surprise a lot of people and a lot of teams. Keep up the good work! Good luck!

Bengie, welcome to MLBlogs and cool to also see that you’re the first MLB player (maybe first pro athlete) with dual English and Spanish language blogs to cater to as many fans as possible. Well done! Good luck this season, have fun blogging and let us know if you need anything.

Mark/MLB.com
http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com

Fras,
As a 4th generation Giants fan I can’t praise you enough, Our family loves having you on the team as I’m sure the Giant family does. Thanks for doing this, as a fan I appreciate these insights into whats happening with our team. Hopefully you’ll have time to write often.
Very excited about this years team! The games this year have allready been more exciting than last with all the young talent and veteran leadership. Nice to finally see some baseball beyond “Bonds Watch” There might not be as many folks in the stands this year, but it’ll be the real Giants fans. Best of health to you and have a great season.

Bengie, it’s great to have you on the team, supporting the young guys who are coming up. If the Giants are going to successfully build from within the organization, we need veterans like you to make it happen.
Good luck this year.

Bengie, while I may not be a Giants fan, I am a HUGE baseball fan. I look forward to reading many posts from you this season. It is pretty cool to get insight from an active player. Best wishes this year (except when you play my Mets..sorry guys).

I will check in often.

http://www.myteamrivals.typepad.com/mr_mets_daily

Bengie, nice to see you blogging. I followed you more when you were with the Jays, but I now see you have a good home with the Giants batting clean up! You deserve it, you were always a skilled and patient hitter with the Jays.
A couple premier young pitchers on the Giants that I am sure you help. It had have been nice catching Halladay every now and again though?
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Hi Bengie!!

Extremely Belated Congratulations to you for winning the Willie Mac Award in 2007! And you continue to show us everyday why you deserved it. Thanks for being part of our Giants team!

Bengie, Thank you for giving us a chance to know you better. You are already my all-time favorite Giant player and that takes in a lot of very special players. I go back a ways!

Your spirit and leadership is going to go a long way in helping these young kids we have now. I said all along “this is going to be an exciting year, despite our win loss record. You make it fun to get out to the Park, every time you come up to the plate the excitement in the stands is increased. Thank the heavens you are here — You are our hope!

I will anxiously await your next blog.

Bengie, as a long time Angels fan I am glad to see you on the Giants, and I look forward to this blog. I lost count of how many times you kept rallies alive or drove in runs with two outs when the team was behind.

Benjie~
Thanks for sharing real life. Your number is #1 for a reason.🙂 Not only are my fav Giant, you are my fav family man. It warms my heart to no end to see you and your brothers play on the same field. I am the proud mom of 5 girls and can only imagine how your parents must burst with pride watching their sons play ball together. My question is….do you have other siblings or is it just the 3 Molina boys?🙂

Bengie,

Keep up the great work. Glad to see someone like you getting on the bilingual blog business as well.

– Rafael /astrosdehouston.com

We are really excited to find this blog. We’ve heard all the same nay-sayers on the radio, from Spring Training to the opening of the season, saying that the Giants will be in last place. We know it will be a long season, a marathon. It’s not a short race. Regardless of where the Giants are in the standings, come All-Star break, or the last home-stand, we’ll be rooting the Giants on, all the way!

Great blog! Keep it up, because we will really enjoy getting these insights from an “insider”.

From a family who love Giants baseball!

Hi Bengie!I’m so glad that you are trying to get to know your fans better by using this blog.I wanted to tell you that you are an incredible athlete!You have great hitting and catching skills!When you got the Willie Mac award last year,you deserved it 100%!I am so glad that the Giants have a player as amazing as yourself!You are incredible and hopefully one day I will get to meet you!You are my favorite Giant!You and your teammates are an amazing group of athletes!You guys mean the world to me and I’m your biggest fan Bengie!Please respond Bengie!That would mean so much to me!You would be making my dreams come true!Thank you so much for taking your time to read this Bengie!Good luck in all of your future games Bengie!Bye!

Congratulations on that game winning homerun back on april 8th vs the padres! i just love seeing walk-off homeruns by the giants. it also started off that 3 game winning streak too. when u walked up to the plate i felt that u would hit a homerun and u did!

Bengie, you have done a great job catching the Giants Pitching Staff!!! You heard what Joe Girardi said, ” You would would be the #1 guy Girardi would want at the plate to knock in that run at 3rd with less then 2 outs. I have enjoyed watching you play here in San Francisco!!! I hope you sign a long term deal with the Giants after the 2009 season in which your 3 year deal exspires. I envision that this club has a great shot at making the playoffs!!! With our starting pitching, speed, and defense, I think we a good chance at making the postseason!!!

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