Matt and Me

Sorry for the delay in getting this post out. I wanted to get something out as soon as we clinched in Oakland but you know how it is. Anyway, that day in Oakland was awesome. It was an amazing feeling – I haven’t felt that way since I was with the Angels in 2002.

I wish everybody in their lives could experience this at least once. There is nothing better than sharing a moment of complete joy with your team — the people who have been working so hard together. It’s so much more satisfying than achieving something individually. It’s hard to put into words, really. You just look at each other in the clubhouse, with the champagne flying everywhere and everyone hugging, and you want almost to burst with emotion. We all did it together. Everyone contributed. Everyone believed.

The only down side was that we didn’t do it at home in front of our fans. That would have made it perfect. 

I feel very lucky, needless to say, to have joined this team. One of the best parts, which I couldn’t have expected, is getting to know Matt Treanor. From the outside, maybe, Matt and I should be rivals. We’re sharing the catching position. Each of us, of course, wants to be behind the plate more. We’re both very competitive. We both hate sitting on the sidelines. But Matt and I have become great friends – and so have our wives. They’re already planning an off-season vacation for all of us.

The thing about Matt and me is that we both care about just one thing: Winning. Neither of us cares about individual statistics. We don’t care about personal goals. We both just want to win this thing. So that’s why it works.

So when I’m playing, he’s there between innings helping me with strategy, giving me feedback on this batter or that batter. And I’m there doing the same for him. We watch video of opposing batters together. We meet with the pitchers. We share whatever information we have.

Maybe it’s because we’re both veterans who understand it’s all about the team and winning. As much as baseball seems like an individual sport in a lot of ways – you’re by yourself on the mound or in your position on the field or and at the plate. But all the parts have to work together. Players have to trust each other and pick each other up. And that’s how Matt and I have always played. And as we’ve gotten older, I think, the team concept only becomes more important.

Matt and I both take pride in the fact that our pitching staff has a chance to finish the season with a sub-4.00 ERA for the first time since 1993. I take some satisfaction, too, in learning the Rangers pitchers pretty quickly and learning the American hitters. Matt has helped a lot there, too.

Do I wish my performance at the plate were better? Of course. But it was nice to see bench coach Jackie Moore quoted in a story today saying of Matt and me, “They know they’ll win more games with the way they call pitches than they will with their bats.”

That’s why the Rangers are in the post-season. We know our roles and play as a team.

This team also understands that we can’t slack off just because we have clinched the division.  We need to keep the intensity up so when we begin the playoff games, we it the ground running.

Off to the field. Thanks for reading!

6 Comments

Bengie all Giants fans want to thank you for your great years with the team. Never would have won the division this year without you. Good luck with the Rangers this postseason, hopefully your return to San Francisco will be for the world series this year.

You will always and forever be a Giant in my heart, and the reason why i began watching baseball. Best of luck in the playoffs.
p.s #1 just doesnt look right on Flannery!
love to the family!

Bengie, I just watched you jack David Price in the fourth of Game 1 ALDS. You are still “da man”. Go Rangers!!!!

Hi Benji. I absolutely so happy that I get to see you play in the post season. This is the only time I have had the opportunity to watch your magic since you left us in San Francisco. I hope you and your beautiful family are well. I hope when you decide that it’s time to retire, you will come back to the bay and make it home. We miss your presence, your strenght that always shined through the television when you were behind the plate. Our family is a Benji Molina fan .. We have 2 dogs. one name Lince and Moli .. Only because I am too old to have more kids to name them after the infamous best in baseball due. Lincecum & Molina .. THAT’S MAGIC.

Bengie,

I love, love, love that you have found a really good friend in Matt Treanor. I think it’s so cute that your families have become so close. I’m sure it’s been difficult for you and Jamie to restart life in Texas, so I very happy that you’ve found a buddy off the field as well as on.

Miss you in SF,
Lori Phillips

As a Giants fan, I am hoping that they win the World Series, but if they don’t I will be happy for Bengie. I hated to see him leave the Giants, but in retrospect he now has a chance to play in the World Series whereas if he had stayed with the Giants he may be doing what Whiteside has been doing in the playoffs – sitting on the bench. Bengie is a great guy, and San Francisco still loves him! It will be great to see him in ATT Park again!!!!

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