A Family Game

When I was a kid, my younger brother, Matt, and I used to play sports in the backyard. We'd pretend we were making a buzzer beater shot in the Final Four or throwing the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl. For some brothers, those dreams really do come true.

Eli and Peyton Manning are both starting quarterbacks in the NFL. Brothers Henrik and Daniel Sedin both play hockey for the Vancouver Canucks. And twins Brook and Robin Lopez are both working hard in the NBA. All of their success comes from great athletic ability, hard work and of course some luck.

In Major League Baseball, eleven sets of brothers are playing this season. One family even has has three brothers that are all playing in the Big Leagues. Bengie, Jose and Yadier Molina can all be found behind the plate. Bengie is the starting catcher for the San Fransico Giants, and Jose is the backup catcher for the New York Yankees. Their youngest brother, Yadier, plays for the St. Louis Cardinals, and was the starting catcher for the National League in the 2009 All-Star game.

The Molina brothers grew up in Puerto Rico and you can bet their entire family is dedicated to sports. When they were kids, their father used to rush home from work to play baseball with them. Now, their mother roots for all of her boys to perform well, even when they play each other. She is proud of their determination and dedication to be their best. Of course, the brothers have fun when they are together as a family, but once the game starts, they become opponents, always motivating each other to work harder.

The Molinas are the only family in which three brothers have won a World Series. I wouldn't be surprised if Yadier and Jose play against each other in the World Series this year, and I bet Bengie will be there to cheer for both of them.

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