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#pounditThursday, February 2, 2023

Articles tagged: Johnny Bench

Awesome photo of MLB legends having lunch together goes viral

Ozzie Smith waving

Jul 30, 2017; Cooperstown, NY, USA; Hall of Fame player Ozzie Smith is introduced during the Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Clark Sports Center. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Old-school baseball fans will enjoy the one-of-a-kind picture that is going viral this week.

An awesome photo made the rounds on social media of a lunch meet-up that several MLB legends recently had. Keith Hernandez, Johnny Bench, Brooks Robinson, Steve Garvey, Jim Kaat, and Ozzie Smith were among those in attendance. Actor Joe Piscopo was also present at the table. Take a look.

For those keeping score at home, that is four Hall of Famers at one table. Also represented are 65 combined All-Star selections, 70 combined Gold Glove awards, nine combined World Series titles, and five combined MVP awards (plus the guy who played Doug Bigelow in “Dead Heat”).

This year, we have already seen some phenomenal group pictures of iconic athletes go viral. But when it comes to baseball greats, it does not get much better than the picture that you see above.

Johnny Bench congratulates Yadier Molina on surpassing him for innings caught

Yadier Molina

If it feels like Yadier Molina has been catching forever, it’s because he pretty much has.

Molina on Saturday surpassed Johnny Bench in career innings caught with 14,493.3, which places him 13th on the all-time list. The former Cincinnati Reds MVP sent his congratulations to the Cardinals catcher on the honor:

That many innings behind the plate sure is a trudge, which is something Molina recognizes.

“It’s an honor. I’m just blessed that God gave me health to be here. I feel good about it,” Molina said after Saturday’s game, via FS Midwest.

“I’ve met (Johnny) a few times — he’s one of the best. It’s huge. It’s just special to be on that list.”

At 35, Molina still has a ways to go to get to the top of the list, so he might not make it to Pudge Rodriguez territory. But just surpassing Bench shows how long he’s been doing it and how well he has, too.