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Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:25 am
Edited on: August 3, 2011 1:58 am
Yadier Molina

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Tuesday night's Cardinals-Brewers game was highly entertaining, but it took a very ugly turn in the 10th inning when St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina spit in the face of home plate umpire Rob Drake after bumping him at least three times.

Molina didn't appear to rear back and spit directly in the face Roberto Alomar-style, but he was yelling and Drake was the victim of collateral spit and obviously wiped his face multiple times. Even as Molina was in the dugout and still yelling at Drake, the umpire used his shirt to wipe spittle from his face.

Molina watched a called third strike at the knees to lead off the top of the 10th inning and went nuts on Drake -- bumping Drake twice and then after Drake tried to turn away, Molina came back and bumped him again. Molina was ejected after the first bump. Molina denied spitting on Drake.

"That was a bad call," Molina told reporters, including Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I never spit on any face or man. In the moment, I was yelling. I didn't spit." 

Molina had to be held back by teammates and coaches as he continued to go after Drake.

Here's a gif of Molina going berserk from Twitter user @soccerkevin11:
GIF - Yadier Molina going completely bonkers at the home plat... on Twitpic

And for the record, Pitch F/X showed the pitch was a ball -- even though that's no excuse for Molina's reaction.

Umpires refused to comment after the game. 

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Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:44 am

Molina bumps, spits at umpire

I'm a Cardinals fan so I have a skewed view of the matter and this doesn't seem intentional but the bumping and the going nuts, I feel, is a direct effect of someone just getting sick and tired of bad umpiring.  Didn't the night before they make a real bad first base call for Skip Schumaker?  It does seem like they umpire certain games better and when it's costing you games when you're fighting for a division it eventually just causes you to melt down.  I feel like I would say the same thing about any other team

Since: Jun 9, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:44 am

Molina bumps, spits at umpire

Haha, what about McDowell in the grassy knoll....

Also I couldn't tell from that clip and haven't seen highlites, but if it was collateral sdpit, I don't consider that spiting at an ump.  To me the headline is somewhat mis-leading.

Since: Oct 16, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:43 am

Molina bumps, spits at umpire

He was the 2nd spitter on the grassy knoll

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:33 am

Molina bumps, spits at umpire

Drake was the victim of collateral spit
I have a feeling Keith Hernandez was involved somehow.

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