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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: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:32 pm

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Breakingb25, the word is g-r-a-m-m-a-r.  There is no "e" in grammar.  I know you can't stand me, but I will have to live with that.  Doing something quickly is no excuse for doing something poorly.
Considering you wrote this and misspelled grammar on purpose, let me just say, "You got me. Pretty funny."

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:30 pm

A Better Idea............

What great fun!!!  I think that every game should have it's own spitting match.  Team A against the umpires, Team A against Team B, Team B against the umpires, etc.  Nothing like putting a giant hawker right between the eyes of old "blind man" Rob Drake.  We could get the fans involved by assembling the ten umpires who had the worst calls that season, out fit them in swim trunks and goggles, and sell tickets to the fans to spit on them too!  Great way to raise money to fight cancer or ALS, etc.  Bring out the hose afterwards and hose 'em down good.  Replace the 7th inning stretch with this during game 1 of the World Series. 

Since: Mar 7, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:30 pm

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Ummm, i guess im the only one who wacthed the game and watched MLB TV right after the game...they actually played the video in slow mo and all agreed he never bumped the umpire...the umpire continued to back up everytime Molina got closer to him (making it appear that a bump did happen)...was the spit in the face nasty?  Absolutely!!  was it intentional, absolutely not!!  No where eveen close to what Alomar not even compare the two...And as a catcher, i know why Molina acted the way he did...The ump probably wasnt calling that pitch all game...then to call it in a situation like that (extra innings, leading off) really blows...hell probably get suspended, but anything more than 2 games is Waaaaay over board for something that the media and STUPID fans of baseball are blowing out of proportion...

Since: Apr 26, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:26 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.

Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:13 pm

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

go mow a lawn or wash dishes..america let these people in years ago as land of opportunity, and they keep coming..thats why the usa has sunk to this level...lets pay for all their 8 kids they have, then bring more in to pay more for them..a joke...i undestand being angry, but he is playing baseball with cameras on him..try not to be a typical dishwasher

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*

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:10 pm

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Kind of reminds me of Roberto Alomar..Except he was a decent player..Ball,strike,good call or bad, theres no excuse for that reaction..I suppose your blinded by the "cardinals fan" thing,but Im wonderin if your a dad and if you are if youd let your kid react to,or even watch a player react to a simple ball and strike call..The umpires role?That really takes the cake..His role was that he played the part of spitoon and "bumping bag"..Molina should be gone for the year..

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:08 pm

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

drewby4, I'm not writing a research paper here.  I can't stand people who commit on people's grammer and spelling while writing a quick message.  "we", as in the Cardinals, I'm a cardinal fan, most people refer to their sports team like that when speaking.  God you are gay.  The Brewers are a laughing stock, have not done anything since 1982.  That was the last year they went to a world series and that was also the year we (Cardinals) beat them.  It took them 26 years to make the playoffs again.  Pathetic and embarrasing.  Keep dreaming though bc when that fatass first baseman leaves it will take them another 30 years to get back to the postseason.  You better hope they win this year when wainwright is out, bc after this year its back to the misery that is the Brewers.  That stadium is really stupid too.  Nice job paying 44 mil to Suppan after we turned him into a 15 game winner for a couple years, great move by the laughing stock of the Nl Central for the past 30 years. 

Since: Nov 24, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:07 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.     

Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 12:02 pm

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

I agree, the headline is very factual about something the player denies. Also, why no video of the call on the article? we see the reaction but not the cause. I will admit that I am a Cards fan, and I will also admit that Molina was out of control, but the umpires role seems to be under played in this issue.

Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 11:57 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Pope said "Jeez, I am sure glad you don't work for Boeing making airplanes. But I do wish you worked for the IRS. Where do you get off thinking that asking for perfection is too much? Maybe you just aren't a great umpire. Most of the time, in anything less than MLB games, a less than perfect ump will do. In MLB, the umps are supposed to be the best of the best. If they are tired, they should get yanked, just like a starting pitcher. If they blow a call and screw up a game, they should get suspended. How would that be different from when a player argues a call and ends up with a suspension? When the ump screws up, they are blowing a call and changing the game. I'd rather have a computer calling the balls and strikes at the major league level than an umpire. Maybe we can port over the Cyclops from tennis."



No Pope, I design bridges and roadways.  But in my profession, just like the guys making airplanes, you have quality control people.  You have TIME as well, to back check your own work.  Both are things that umpires don't have.  But, I guess since we all cannot be the pontiff like you, we are not able to achieve perfection.  Everybody makes mistakes.  Even God...he let your parents procreate.

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