Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was livid with Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez when the benches cleared in Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday night. Starter Adam Wainwright had hit outfielder Yasiel Puig with a pitch, which upset the slugger, which then upset teammate Gonzalez, who in turn upset Molina.
Home plate umpire Jerry Meals attempted to split up Gonzalez and Molina, who were yelling face-to-face. Molina shoved Meals out of the way to continue the confrontation, which is a big no-no. Typically, players who push umpires receive at least a fine and sometimes a suspension.
Here’s what happened:
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According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals don’t expect Molina to be punished for pushing Meals. Though a fine wouldn’t be shocking, a suspension would be given how much of a ripple effect it would have on the outcome of the NLDS.