MLB’s new social media policy has claimed its first victim. At least the first one we know about: Chris Perez of the Indians. After last weekend’s little plunking war with the Royals, the Indians pitcher tweeted thusly:
“Huge team win tonight, time for a sweep of the Royals. It’s not ‘Our Time,’ it’s TribeTime. P.S. You hit us, we hit you. Period.”
Which cost him $750. And, as Perez himself notes in Paul Hoynes’ article about it, that’s kind of nuts because the players who were actually involved in the melee only got $500 fines, but whatever.
On Monday, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras showed he was very confident heading into the 2018 season, saying, “I know that I’m going to be better than [Yadier Molina and Buster Posey].” Contreras explained that his goal is to become “the best catcher in the game for a long time — like it was with Yadier Molina, like it is with Buster Posey.”
Apparently, Contreras ruffled Molina’s feathers as the Cardinals’ veteran backstop took to Instagram to respond. Posting a picture of himself with Buster Posey and Salvador Perez, Molina wrote, “Respeten los rangos NOVATOS!! aqui con los q si han probao que son los duros!!” That loosely translates to “respect the ranks,” referring to Contreras as a novice.
Molina is no stranger to using Instagram to air his grievances. He apparently used the social media app to take a swipe or two at manager Mike Matheny last year.
Of course, Molina seems to be misreading the intent of Contreras. Contreras seems to think highly of Molina, having referred to him as being one of the best catchers in the game — even if it was in the past tense. Molina should know, being someone who also competes at the highest level, that having confidence is an important part of the recipe for success. Perhaps this will make for some interesting games during the season, breathing new life into the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry.