Well here’s something you don’t see everyday.
After securing a speculative strikeout in the second inning by framing a low pitch, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina had to be held back when Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo came out to argue with home plate umpire Tim Timmons. The incident started normally enough — it’s something we see in baseball a few times every week. But at some point during the heated discussion, Lovullo must have said something that Molina took offense to, because the Cards backstop had to be stopped from trying to get his hands on the Arizona bench boss. Benches cleared shortly after.
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Lovullo was ejected (for arguing balls and strikes, not for the Molina incident). After the game, Molina took to Instagram to defend himself, saying that Lovullo had disrespected his mother.
Perhaps something was lost in translation, but some reports suggest that Lovullo told the umpire “you’re letting this motherf**er call strikes for you.” For what it’s worth, Lovullo apologized after the game:
”I used a poor choice of words and he (Molina) took offense to it,” Lovullo told reporters, according to Steve Overbey of The Associated Press. ”I wish I could take back what I said. It really wasn’t directed at him. I was just frustrated over what I was watching.”
“I don’t want to say he (Molina) is getting more (strike calls) than anyone else, because it’s part of the game,” Lovullo said. ”I have the utmost respect for Yadier Molina. He’s one of the best catchers the game has ever seen. It was more of me saying, I respect him on that level, that he’s getting special things because he’s that good. That’s where I was coming from.”
Although Molina made physical contact with the umpire, it seems unlikely that MLB will hand down any suspensions for the incident. Even Timmons brushed it off during his post game remarks.
”When Lovullo got to me after I had ejected him, he made a comment that was aggressive that Yadi overheard, so that’s why Yadi reacted the way that he did,” Timmons said. ”I think at that point Yadi became agitated, which was understandable. (The contact) was just incidental.”