Catcher Yadier Molina yells at the Diamondbacks manager.

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Yadi Got Best Revenge He Could On D-Backs Manager

Remember when Molina and Lovullo got into a heated argument at home plate in April?

July 03, 2018 - 11:01 am

PHOENIX (AP) — With a fist bump and a pat on the shoulder, it seems like St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo have burried the hatchet. 

Lovullo and Molina nearly came to blows the last time their teams met in April. The Diamondbacks manager uttered a profanity while arguing with an umpire and Molina thought was directed at him. Molina charged Lovullo during the argument and both were suspended a game for their actions.

Lovullo said the profanity was not directed at Molina after the April game and met with the Cardinals catcher during batting practice on Monday to patch things up. There was a fist bump, a short conversation and Lovullo walked away after patting Molina on the shoulder. 

"Everything is in the past," Molina said. "I have a bunch of respect for him and the organization, so everything is good."

But Molina got the best revenge of all when hit a two-run single in the first inning and later hit a solo home run. St. Louis won the game 6-3.

Related story: Molina's Reaction 'Understandable' As Arizona Manager Regrets His Comment

After the game at Busch Stadium on April 8, the second-year Diamondbacks mananger explained what happened: 

"I went out there to talk about something with the umpire and was referencing something and used a poor choice of words and (Molina) took offense to it. I wish I could take back what I said, but it really wasn't really directed at him. And it was more a term of me saying I respect him on that level that he's getting special things because he's that good."

Molina was not ejected and the umpire seems to be on his side: 

"(Lovullo) made a comment that was aggerssive that Yadi overheard. So that's why Yadi reacted the way he did. So I think that at that point Yadi became aggitated which was understandable. So when I turned around he didn't maybe push me, as much as I maybe tried to get in between them. I think it was a natural reaction." 

So what were the magic words? Molina stated it plain and clear after the game: 

"He called me a m***** f***** twice. You can't allow that. I hope, I hope that MLB sees this and hope they can fine this guy because that, you can't allow that. 

"If you're gonna call m***** f***** to a guy, you've got to be ready to fight." 

Molina was given a one-game suspension for his reaction and Lovullo got the same, plus an undisclosed fine.