In 2011 the face of the Cardinals changed when Albert Pujols left the Cardinals and signed a deal with the Angels for the rest of his career. It was soon very obvious who the main attraction really was….Yadier Benjamin Molina, this quick snap arm catcher became a huge sensation with having seven years straight as a All-Star Catcher and a seven Golden Glove Awards. Recently our beloved catcher sat down and spoke with Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch about his feelings in regards to losing Tony Cruz and Jon Jay. He stated that Cruz is a “little brother” to him. “And Jon Jay” he continued. “When you see guys like that go — teammates that care about winning — you’re always disappointed. But it’s a business. You’ve got understand that. At the moment, I was disappointed. But I understand it.” Molina offered some praise for his club’s acquisition of Mike Leake and also added, perhaps unsurprisingly, that he’d like to remain with the Cardinals for his entire career. Molina is the longest-tenured player on a National League team, having debuted with the Cardinals more than 11 years ago to fill in for injured catcher Mike Matheny — now his manager. Molina is guaranteed $30MM over the next two seasons, though two of that is in the form of a $2MM buyout on a $15MM mutual option for the 2018 campaign. There has also been some whispers of bringing Yadi on as a coach at the end of his career as a Cardinal.