Molina: I wanted to Come Here

Prior to yesterday’s game against the Giants, Bengie Molina told Kevin Burkhardt of SNY, while in uniform for the Giants, he wanted to come to the Mets, was ready to move his family to New York, and spent most of the winter watching video of the Mets pitchers.

However, Molina said he had originally laughed at the Mets first offer, and seemed to be upset the Mets wouldn’t increase their one year, $5 million offer to two years.

Instead, Molina signed a one year deal with the Giants for $4.5 million – $500,000 less than the Mets offer.

…as Burkhardt said afterward on Twitter here, he seemed very bitter during the interview…i don’t blame him, because he wanted what he wanted, he apparently was committed to joining the Mets given he was studying the Mets pitching staff, and i’m sure he was disappointed…i don’t know why he would begin studying the Mets in detail without signing a contract with them, but i suppose that’s his preogative…in the end, business is business, it’s not personal, and they just couldn’t come to a mutual agreement, so life goes on, Bengie…ultimately, i think the whole situation worked out for both teams…

…i also couldn’t understand why he would come out and say he wanted to be in the other dugout while wearing a different uniform…it’s not the first time he’s made such remarks, but last night, during the season, as a member of a visiting team, it just isn’t the time to get into this discussion, let alone how deep into it he got without being questioned much…i would think he would be a little bit more professional and show a little more courtesy to the Giants, considering they have been so loyal to him over the past few seasons…