During the second inning of the Cardinals game against the Pirates on Wednesday night, Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison was trying to score on a single to right and decided to run through Yadier Molina to do so. While it looked vicious, the play was completely clean. Molina also happened to hold onto the ball and record the out.
As you can see from the video above, the Cardinals catcher was understandably shaken up after the play. The fact that he was able to hang onto the ball after such a bang-bang play (literally) is something to be proud of. The fact that it doesn’t appear he swallowed a wad of tobacco like some catchers before him have accidentally done is also an accomplishment.
St. Louis Cardinals teammates Yadier Molina and Gerald Laird reportedly got into a fight when the team arrived in Florida late last night. Cards GM John Mozeliak confirmed the two had a “disagreement” which is likely P.R. speak to cover up the incident.
Craig Mish of Sirius/XM Fantasy Sports Radio reported that the players had a fight Wednesday night that “had to be broken up by team.” Mish adds that the fight was “ugly.” He writes “I was also told Laird called Molina a “cheater” with what context I’m uncertain.”
If the two indeed fought, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise. Laird is the same dimwit who instigated this fight earlier in the season with Cincinnati. He also got arrested for brawling alongside his brother at a Suns-Celtics game in 2009.
As for Yadier Molina, well we already know what he’s capable of. Did we mention that Laird will be catching for St. Louis while Yadier serves his suspension? I’m sure that had something to do with the fight.
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Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was called out on strikes by umpire Rob Drake Tuesday night and he went crazy. The outburst will likely draw a fine and suspension because Molina made contact with Drake several times. He was raging so hard even some of his spit ended up on the umpire’s face. Check out the video:
The announcers on Fox Sports Wisconsin (Brewers TV) went overboard going after Yadier. Molina didn’t intentionally spit on Drake, he just went nuts and his spit landed on the ump. By contrast, if you watch the call from Fox Sports Midwest (Cardinals TV) posted by Timothy Burke at Sports Grid, those announcers had their heads in the sand. They were taking the “hear no evil see no evil” approach and didn’t provide an honest call.
The bottom line is that Yadier Molina went crazy on the umpire and will get fined and suspended for his actions. We should also give credit to umpire Rob Drake for maintaining his composure; that was not an easy situation to manage yet he remained calm.
Having to play Gerald Laird a few extra games because of a suspension is the last thing St. Louis needs in the middle of an NL Central chase. Nice going, Yadier.
The Molinas are one of 19 families to have sent at least three brothers to the major leagues. Jose is a backup catcher for the Angels, Yadier catches for the Cardinals, and Bengie used to catch for the Angels and Blue Jays, but was signed by the Giants in the off-season.
Anywho, what I’m getting at, is that I figured a family that not only produced three major leaguers, but three major league catchers no less, probably has to be pretty tight. As my FanHouse colleague Matt Watson put it “i figured they all slept in bunkbeds during the offseason.” Precisely. That’s why I was so shocked when I read this news on the Cardinals website:
Yadier Molina saw his brother, Giants catcher Bengie Molina, for the first time in more than two years Wednesday
What?!? The brothers hadn’t seen each other in more than two years? And neither of them were away at war? What’s the deal guys? Where’s the brotherly love? Unless that’s a screw up and it meant they hadn’t seen each other in a baseball context in more than two years, I am completely stunned. I know kids on foreign exchange programs who have seen their siblings more recently than that. Pretty jacked up if you ask me. But hey, seems to be a formula for success. Molina brothers = 2 rings. Bonds family = 0 rings.
Oh yeah, somewhat related, one of the biggest mistakes for the Angels was failing to resign Bengie. For being one of the slowest dudes in baseball, he’s still an awesome fielder, game-caller, and underrated hitter.
For more on the Molina brothers, check out this article by Jack Curry.
UPDATE: This San Francisco Chronicle article says the brothers hadn’t seen each other in over three years, because they spend their off-seasons in different places.