The idea was to spend at least one more season away from the game, to plunge another year into retirement, and Bengie Molina had the travel plans to prove it.
He had a fishing trip to Alaska, a journey to Europe to “check out some soccer games” and an interest in maybe visiting the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania. He wanted to take his wife, a tennis fan, to one of the summer Grand Slam events.
But Wimbledon will have to wait.
There are other sites, all similar and only remotely scenic, that Molina will tour in 2013 — the batting cages of the National League.