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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: Jun 22, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:26 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Gunther, should be out for the year?  Seriously?  You and jasontmason need to find a little perspective.  A suspension for bumbing the ump?  Definitely.  But it's disingenuous for C. Trent Rosencrans to characterize this as "spitting". Robby Alomar spat intentionally on an umpire, Molina did not.  And jasontmason, you are a moron for characterizing Yadi as a guy who would otherwise be in prison if he weren't a major leaguer.  You, sir, are an uninformed douche nozzle.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:08 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

It does matter a little if it was a strike or ball, it was bad no matter what but to do it when it was a good pitch and being a catcher is ridiculous.  Made no sense, should be out for the year, that's an embarassment to the game.

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:06 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

I read some of the posts and had to respond! I watched the game and was frustrated all night that the redbirds were not getting the same strike zone. I think molina lost his cool because it was a build up over the whole night. He better than anyone knows what the strike zone had been. I agree he went too far but wow over and over he kept his mouth shut and it wasn't helping. So he did the wrong thing and took matters into his own hands. Thats the same homer ump that called Skip out at first last night and also rang Skip up on ball four earlier in this game. Something had to be done I just wish Molina would have done it differently. This ump has been one sided since the series began and he needed to be notified!!!!

Since: Oct 22, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 10:00 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Pitch F/X is wrong.  That pitch was a strike.  Regardless, that was a sad display by Molina.  I am a Cardinal fan, and was amazed by the comments of the Fox Midwest Cardinal announcers.  Not one of them made a critical remark toward Molina.  According to them the umpire was completely to blame.. Unbelievable.  Of course they thought beaning Braun was totally justified.  Thank God for the "mute" button.

Since: Mar 21, 2009
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:59 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

How many game? He get 2 for each bump... and told not to chew during the game.

Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:36 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

I finally had to respond to one of these things after reading them for all these years.

This definately wasn't a call to blame on an umpire.  A major leaguer doesn't look at a pitch like that with 2 strikes, that pitch is called a strike all year long.  I think Molina was embarrased and took it out on the ump.  The ump wasn't making a scene, Molina went at him if you saw it live you know that.  Yes he didn't do an Alomar spit, but if you've been in an argument like that, you know you are letting it fly when you do, to say you didn't is assuming we are all idiots.

This is one of those you can't excuse, can't blame it on the ump, the strike zone, a bad call or anything else.  It simply was borish behavior and is embarrasing to those of us that are fans to the game and have to deal with it being in the headlines. 

Since: Aug 8, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:36 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

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.

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:29 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. 

The funny thing is, you are right, that was absolutely a strike.  Did you see if from the side, so you saw where it was when it crossed the plate?  Definite strike.

Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:25 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

What's up wit "Pitch FX"? It looks like the ball was 3 inches above his knee from the replay.

Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:23 am

Molina bumps, spits on umpire

Damn straight Charly.  Even that call between Atlanta and Pittsburgh last week wasn't so aggregious when you look at the replay.  Did he tag him?  Yea, but I saw what the umpire thought he saw on a few of the replays.  Mistakes happen, in every industry.  The only umpires that should be disciplined are the ones that miss more AND have an attitude.  Joe West has been that way for years.  Angel Hernandez too.  But they are the exception. 

How many games are there a night?  15?  So there are literally hundreds of calls each night?  Do we have an umpire controversy each night?  Or is it once in a blue moon sort of thing?  But you remember it because it is all over ESPN and Comcast, right? 

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