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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: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:53 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Yes Reggie you are correct.  He was all over the place.  Not to mention, he was the 1st base umpire in Monday night's game that blew the double play call at first that cost the Cardinals a run.  And I'm a Brewer fan!!

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:52 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

He didnt spit on the ump on purpose, he got pissed bc the umps didnt give us one borderline call the entire series.  I have watched every pitch and every close call has been in favor of the brewers who think they or so good but in reality have not won anything in 30 years.  The cardinals are very intense and expect to win.  we work harder, play harder, and pratice harder than everyone else which is why we dominate the nl central for the past decade.  The Brewers are a pack of losers with no heart, thats why they continually lose.  Molina shows the heart and intensity by getting mad which is perfectly fine when the ump has been so one sided.  Go cards!!!!  Oh by the way our ace is out for the season too and we still are very much in the race.  When the brewers actually win something I will give them more respect, for now they are basically the Pirates.

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:51 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Were you watching the same game?  Braun got thrown at because your pitcher, Saito, threw high and tight to Pujols, and just missed a head shot.  That is baseball.  If you hit our best player, we will hit your best player, and then it is done.  St. Louis retaliated, the way they should.  For the record, Braun got hit in the middle of the back, which is neither high nor tight.  Check your facts before you post such a stupid comment.  If you'd like to talk about classy, how about the Brewers celebrations after the game?  Very classy.  Act like you've been there before, although, when you haven't been there before, it is hard to act like you have.

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:50 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Common criminal?  Violent thug?  Were you watching the same thing I was?  How many times have we seen white managers, or even players get into face to face arguments with a umpire?  How many times have you seen those same people bump umpires?  But now because the player is Puerto Rican he is a criminal and a thug?  "Get those deportation papers going"??  Wow.  The real problem here is not Molina, it is that you sir are a racist.  Your comments display that you are nothing more than an ignorant, redneck racist.  I am surprised that you have internet in your trailer.  Go back to sleeping with your sister now, your comments won't be missed.

Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:48 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Brandon Phillips was right all along.  The Cardinals ARE whiny B's

Since: Jan 27, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:44 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Hmmmm thought it was only Red Sox players that do crap like that


Since: Nov 17, 2010
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:40 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

It really doesn't matter if it was a ball or strike.  The pitchers get some, they lose some...but as long as the umpire is consistent, then it evens out.  Molina, as a catcher, knows exactly that.  A catcher and pitcher should never argue with an umpire when they are at bat because they know that they have also benefitted on some borderline calls, probably just last inning. 

That's the problem here.  The umpire wasn't consistent.  He was all over the place all night, and I think Molina finally just boiled over.  The strike zone was all over the place.  But, he wasn't  like he was consistently calling the high strike, the outside corner, or the inside corner.  He wouldn't stay consistent with his zone.  Did you happen to see the called third strike on Shumaker to lead off the ninth?  I'm sure that factored in on Molina going beserk (sp?) in the top of the tenth.

Molina knows better than to argue with umpires, I've seen him bite his tongue and turn his head many times.  This guy was just bad, and Molina boiled over.  It happens.  Yes, Molina should be fined and suspended for bumping him.  But, not for spitting.  He was yelling and spit flew out of his mouth.  The umpire sold it.

I'm guessing you made this comment just from highlights and didn't get a chance to watch the entire game, but I could be wrong.

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:35 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Classic st Louis... Throwing at Braun high and tight... Spitting on umps. Stay classy st Louis. Can't wait for you to fall 10 back.

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:34 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Then the title of this should be "Molina didn't appear to rear back......"    Instead of "spits on umpire"  

C Trent Rosenmoron is a douche either way.    Making a non story out of nothing.  

Since: Mar 20, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:29 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

I am amazed at how many people (though few non-Cardinal fans granted) are justifiying spitting, just like Vancouver fans did during the Stanley Cup.  I think the multiple bumps is far from sane as well, but especially the spitting.  Is Molina on 'roids?  Why would a borderline strike call makes an individual lose his mind, cool, and sanity?  Over the course of baseball history there have literally been millions of bad calls for strikeouts, but not until now do we see a common criminal show his disdain with multiple acts of physical aggression (or maybe he likes rubbing up on men, can't be anything else - either a thug or he likes the men) as well as spitting.  If this common criminal tries to claim the spitting was an accident, then we will know Mr. Molina to be a liar in addition to a violent thug.  Get those deporation papers going...

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