But after playing just 64 games in the minors, he was back in County Stadium to stay. For 15 seasons Molitor and Yount and infielder Jimmy Gantner were partners on the Brewers. None of them had much in common beyond their long tenure, yet they were unusually close during the season. Their relationship may be emblematic of Molitor's relationship with Milwaukee: a result of circumstances but, after 15 years of teamwork, increasingly heartfelt. Now everything has changed, disrupted by the economics of baseball.
As the 1993 season begins, with Molitor gone and Gantner's playing career ended by shoulder surgery last season, only Yount is left, playing with a bunch of kids. In a way, the thought of his old friend, suddenly alone, is what haunts Molitor most about his move to Toronto. "Robin just doesn't know a lot of guys on the team," Molitor says, "and I worry about that. I mean, who's he going to eat breakfast with on the road?"
For his part, Molitor has yet to make the kind of breakfast buddy he used to enjoy. Through three weeks of spring training at the Blue Jay camp in Dunedin, Fla., he remains a little apart from the team. He fits in; everybody likes him. "I guess if they get on you in the clubhouse you're doing all right." he says. But at times he catches himself wondering what the guys are doing in Arizona. It could all pass. But, for now, it seems that Molitor, after 15 years in Milwaukee, ought to be a lot happier than he is.