1) Molitor’s respect for Cito Gaston
Molitor did more than most to help the Blue Jays win the championship in 1993, being named as the World Series MVP after batting .500 with a 1.000 SLG%. His outstanding play included a homer, two RBIs and a triple from five at bats in the clinching Game 6.
When the Blue Jays won, the reaction to Molitor was similar to what John Elway experienced a few years later after finally winning the Super Bowl. The love and respect for both was evident from how their teammates singled them out to celebrate their respective crowning glories.
As for Molitor, while he was understandably emotional and ecstatic after finally winning a World Series, he was also extremely complimentary about his manger, Cito Gaston. As per Sportsnet, he said:
"“I think my embrace with Cito was probably the most special, because I have such a tremendous respect for him. He was a man’s man and he was the right leader for that team and (proved it by leading) them to two championships.”"
Overall, even though Molitor did go into the Hall of Fame as a Milwaukee Brewer, he told Shulman he will always be indebted to the Blue Jays organization. As far as he is concerned his time with them was the highlight of his playing career as he had the chance to win a World Series, and this is reason enough for Toronto fans to regard him as one of their own.
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