Speaking of people who were likely not hockey fans right off the bat, Yadier Molina has to jump to mind. Beautiful Puerto Rico is known for many things, but ice hockey is not one of them.
Molina’s fandom has no clear origin, but it likely started through Chris Carpenter. Carpenter played hockey, growing up in New England, and continued a love for the game playing baseball in Toronto.
Carpenter was often spotted at Blues games while with the Cardinals, so he probably took Yadi along. Thus a new fandom was born and now Yadi is one of the biggest Blues fans around.
Carrying on the tradition, Yadi is now the one bringing other guys to games. Often it’s a pitcher, but Yadi has been seen with the likes of Adam Wainright (another big fan now), Jason Motte as well as many others.
Molina brings in kids to watch from the suites too. So, it’s not just a guys night out with a bunch of wealthy friends.
Molina uses it as a way to introduce young fans to the game, brighten the days of sick or less fortunate as well as other reasons.
What makes Molina such a great fan is that he sticks around. Baseball is a completely different season, other than a month or two on either end.
You could totally get if Yadi bolted St. Louis for a warmer climate once baseball ends, but he sticks around. He goes to Blues games and interacts with the fans.
It just shows that he’s not only a Blues fan, but a part of the city.