Puerto Rico's Baseball Triplets
SCOTT SIMON, host:
There's already one clear winner in this year's major-league baseball playoffs, the Molina family of Vega Alta, Puerto Rico. Three brothers Molina are playing with and against each other, and all of them are catchers. Yadler Molina catches for the St. Louis Cardinals. Bengie Molina starts behind the plate for the Los Angeles Angels; their brother Jose is one of his backup catchers. They are the sons of Gladys Matta and Benjamim Molina Sr. Mrs. Matta told The Wall Street Journal this week that she wears lucky necklaces given to her by each of her sons. She says that if the Cards face the Angels in the World Series, she will root for St. Louis because the Angels won the title three years ago and her son Yadler is the only one without a championship ring. Now there have been other sibling trios in the majors--Joe, Vince and Dom DiMaggio and Felipe, Matty and Jesus Alou. But the Molinas are the first catcher triple play, and they could all wind up in the World Series. You think they could use a fourth brother?