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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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Comments

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:34 pm
 

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Why do Latin players spit on Umpires?



Since: Oct 4, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Though it was difficult to see any spit it was certainly an uncalled for rant by Molina. That was either a strike or so close to being a strike that it could not have been taken by a batter and certainly not questioned so vehimitly. Molina should get 6 to 8 games for this one. He showed no respect for umps and chose the wrong pitch to complaign about. His anger took hiom way too far and his insisting to keep coming forward to the ump in anger was totally uncalled for. Sit him down for 2 weeks without pay and let him think about doing it again sometime. Let him off and it is certain to do it again.



Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:15 pm
 

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

 
i just dont get it...scroll down some and read my response to that...


Mr. Pills, sorry to ruffle your Cardinal feathers. I am just a visitor, I don't live here.

It just seems like it was an intelligent comment by Big Daddy Pump as viewed by someone without "Cardinal" Rose colored glasses and I had to agree.

Have a good day.



Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Way to go Big Daddy Pump! Thank you Lord. For once and intelligent Cardinal fan!

Ya know, from reading all these comments Rodney King comes to mind ... "Can't we all get along?"

Amen Brother!
i just dont get it...scroll down some and read my response to that...




Since: Jun 29, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:57 pm
 

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Let me preface this by saying I am a die hard Cardinals fan (40 years). Yadier Molina was so wrong. That pitch was a strike right at the knees. As a catcher, he should know the strike zone better than anyone. His rampage should cost him big time. He is so cocky that it's ridiculous. Please, Cardinals management, get rid of Tony LaRussa. The bean ball incidents were out of hand. The pitch that hit Pujols was not intentional at all. Besides, Pujols crowds the plate all the time. The first brush back pitch to Braun was enough, but for Mott to come back again and hit him was uncalled for. LaRussa's cockiness has rubbed off on everyone. Look at all the Cardinals players, each one is cocky. If you don't kiss LaRussa's butt, you are gone (see Colby Rasmus). Holiday was not cocky in Colorado, now look at him. Pujols never stared at his home runs when he first came up, now look at him. Molina is a puke. Good defensive catcher, but that's it. McGwire acts like he is the greatest hitting coach ever. LaRussa has won alot of games, but what, 2 World Series titles. Come on. Hire a class act manager and maybe Cardinals players can act classy again.


Way to go Big Daddy Pump! Thank you Lord. For once and intelligent Cardinal fan!

Ya know, from reading all these comments Rodney King comes to mind ... "Can't we all get along?"

Amen Brother!



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Those Molina boys!  Loving to swap juices and the like...

He was out of control stupid last night.

A hefty fine and some time to sit is definitely coming.



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Because your education has obviously done a great job.  I can make an ignorant statement as well.  Go back to plowing your fields and milking cows.  Oh, and having a truck that's more expensive and biggier than your house is not a financial investment. Wait a second, maybe it's people like you that are ruining the American dream.  And as another poster mentioned, maybe we should deport you.  *End of ignorant rant*
Witch hunt much?  I can't imagine all the energy you are putting into your support of spitting.  Though weird, I have to comend you on your persistence in spreading the "Spitting is Fun!" message far and wide.  Accountability is indeed dead...



Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:53 pm
 

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

rest of the season



Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:53 pm
 

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

To Puerto Rico of course!  Don't miss the forest for the trees shadow, the point is that spitting should always be given the harshest of punishments.  Everyone not a Cardinal or Vancouver fan agrees.  I'm sure Arizona, Georgia, or Alabama have laws against Puerto Ricans lol (those states just see a Mexican no matter they are from).  That was tongue-in-cheek.  We are different people, I get that, while you encourage spitting I condemn it.  When people disagree, often one side will look for any angle, especially when wrong, liek when defending a spitter.
I never said I encourage spitting, and I'm not a Cardinals fan.  Just saw an ignorant comment so I decided to respond.  And as much as your comments are "tongue-in-cheek," they're baseless.  And to clarify for everyone else deportation is the act of expelling a foreigner from a country, usually because he/she has a criminal record, committed a crime, lied on his/her entry documents, is in the country illegally or his/her presence is deemed by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, FBI or State Department officials to be against the best interests of the nation. Deportation is usually to the country of origin.  Puerto Rico is a commonwealth, a part of the US, Molina is an American citizen.
Of course though I had asked you NOT to miss the forest for the trees, it appears your love of the trees prevented you taking said advice.  My point is that spitting is nasty and despicable, so to argue against me is to take the opposite position, that spitting is great. 

Look Sparky, I am well aware that Puerto Rico is a commonwealth, hence the tongue-in-cheek qualifier.  You can choose to ignore the qualifier if you would like, but of course that means you completely change what I said.  So you are essentially arguing with yourself spit-lover.

Are you really Alomar?



Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

nice post!


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