Through the first 2.5 innings of Game 1 of the National League Division Series, the focus was on baseball, creeping shadows and strong pitching.

Adam Wainwright brushed Hanley Ramirez back with a fastball in the shortstop’s first at-bat of the game, but it didn’t amount to anything. Wainwright then hit Yasiel Puig on his left shoulder with a fastball and emotions boiled over on a day where the temperature at Dodger Stadium was over 90 degrees.

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No, it wasn’t Puig, who recently ignited a benches-clearing altercation with San Francisco Giants lefty Madison Bumgarner, who took exception to getting beaned. Instead, it was Adrian Gonzalez. As Puig made his way up the first-base line, Gonzalez and Yadier Molina exchanged words that escalated to both benches clearing.

According to Jon Weisman of Dodger Insider, Gonzalez simply wanted to let Molina know the Dodgers wouldn’t stand for the Cardinals treating the Dodgers like punching bags:

Friendly conversation,” Gonzalez said of the confrontation with Molina.. “I was just basically saying you guys keep doing that over and over and we’re not going to put up with that.”

What Gonzalez claims he told Molina seems innocent enough, however the catcher took exception to the manner in which the message was delivered, via Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports:

I don’t know what he said,” Molina said, “but I can read lips. He was screaming at me. I told him if you want to scream at me, then you’ve got to be ready to fight. I don’t let anybody talk to me like that.”

Home plate umpire Jerry Meals got between the two players, who were then pulled aside by their teammates. As cooler heads prevailed, Wainwright and Puig walked together and engaged in what appeared to be a friendly conversation.

Molina continued the conversation with Gonzalez prior to Wainwright throwing the first pitch of the at-bat and nothing else occurred. The altercation sparked the Dodgers as they scored two runs in the inning to take the lead and television cameras caught Gonzalez emphatically celebrating in the dugout when Puig scored the first of their two runs.

Unfortunately for the Dodgers and Gonzalez, who added a two-run home run in the eighth inning, the Cardinals were the last team celebrating Friday night.

About The Author

Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

50 Responses

  1. peachferrari

    Lol. Anybody who saw this knows quite well that Gonzalez wasn’t screaming. Molina was, but Adrian was pretty calm the whole time. Sounds like somebody got called out and didn’t like it. The truth hurts……

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  2. Benzojones

    Same old STL…. acting like Punks, but this time they are getting called out on it.

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    • Tommy Waters

      Same old LA acting like crybabies, but this time they are getting called out on it.

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      • Shannon Hayes

        Same ol STL, acting like they can hit people with pitches and not get their faces beat in due to umpire intervention. Fuck around Tommy Waters and see what happens….gutted like a fish

      • Benzojones

        Why do pathetic live with their mom virgin STL fans feel the need to troll on Dodger boards

    • sevines

      Why are Dodger fans such violent, self-important vaginas?

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  3. BarYesu83 .

    They’re a dirty f***ing team! I hope Greinke hits Molina tonight. But more importantly I hope we win.

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    • runnerin1

      Thanks for voicing exactly what I was thinking. Go Blue!

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    • Baseballfan.

      Mr.Gomez , the Molinas brothers are royalty to MLB. I would not comment beyond this point. HardworkingChampionship catchers ahhh yeah… people that get the job done. You seam upset because you have not found one Puerto Rican that’s willing to take shi…. Too bad keep searching.That is a quality in them. The loudest roar in the jungle comes from the lion. Keep your little racist remarks to your self…

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  4. ButcherChop

    So Molina doesn’t know what Gonzales said, yet says he was screaming at him. Oh, great. I side with Titan here.

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  5. Jer

    Wait – Molina couldn’t hear him, but could tell he was screaming because he reads lips? WTF? Was Molina high, or am I?

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    • JCSR

      Molina said that he doesn’t know what González said…but he knows how to read lips. That makes absolutely no sense at all. WTF is he talking about??? That just sounds so stupid.

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      • Jer

        Basically, Molina pulled that excuse out of his orifice.

      • Scott Piotrowski

        He did not pull it out from there, but he certainly went up there to get it.

      • Alan Gomez

        That’s cause Puerto Ricans are a bunch of big mouth can’t fight jokes

      • James Langford

        Please stop making hateful, racist comments. Thank you.

      • Alan Gomez

        Who’s making racist comments? I said a fact.
        Cool people just talk alot.
        You ever hung out with any? I have.
        Molina is all talk.lol

      • Alan Gomez

        Yep and most of them like to run there mouths and talk trash.
        It’s part of there culture.
        Get a clue.
        You butthurt?

      • Alan Gomez

        And you know what, Molina was talking crap about my boy Gonzalez SO FUCK HIM AND FUCK YOU TOO IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT!

      • James Langford

        So, you think González is “your boy,” too. Oh, dear…

      • James Langford

        You might want to ask your high school teacher about the difference between “there” and “their.” As to being “butthurt,” I think you might have me confused with one of your boyfriends.

      • Alan Gomez

        Theiyr’re

        Take that grammar police

    • Alan Rice

      Molina was high. Drugd test the whole Cardinal Bench. Watch.

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  6. Josh Dickey

    I mean either way we will win, whether it be throwing hands or throwing strikes. Cards will win.

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    • Shannon Hayes

      Throwing hands?!?! Hahahahahahaaaaaaaa. …anyone read this bitch ass mf’s comment? Coming from a dude who’s last name is Dickey, lol. And you talking about “we”? Who the fuck is “we”? You’re including yourself? Sit ur dumb ass down, son. You look like you couldn’t bust a grape in a fruit fight, fuckin clown.

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      • Larry

        Why u Stl fans on here running your mouth. You would not saying that stuff at dodger stadium u would get your head beat on y’all ain’t nothing but cowards.

      • Baseballfan.

        Baseball fan. OK credit to Gonzalez great player showed class. But why is he sticking for a guy like puig who does not sign an autograph ball for any of you Dodger fans. No logic in this case…

  7. Studley Hungwell

    St Louis will hand out crying towels to all you dodger blue pouty, whiny, crybabies!!

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    • Shannon Hayes

      Typical pussy ass STL fan running his mouth, just like your bitch ass team. You talk a lot of shit thru your computer, sissy!!

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  8. Studley Hungwell

    Wake up and smell the roses dodger fans. It is well known that St Louis is a Class Organization in baseball world! Going through life stupid and jealous will get you Nowhere, dodger blue!

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    • runnerin1

      Wait a minute. Is this knucklehead saying Dodger fans are jealous of the Cardinal organization? He may as well just say I know nothing about baseball. I guess Yankee face are jealous of the Blue Jay organization too.

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      • Robert Nelson

        Just count your 6 rings and we will count our 11 rings. So yes Dodger fans are jealous should we look back to 1985 or as recent as last year NLCS.

      • Studley Hungwell

        Loading our rally towels on trucks to send to you Dodger fans to use as crying towels! Now what were you dumb asses saying about the St Louis organization versus your “hollywood” organization about how they are managed and run? Mickey Mouse operation and bubbles is all you showed! Show some “class” and you too may someday be successful! You let your division rival rub their asses n your face! LA! Laughing-stock of America. Dodgers & Angels!! Ha Ha Ha!

  9. H.B.

    Winning the Cardinals way…. Hitting dodger batters? Classy…. Gonzo knows its dirty ball playing is what cards do & calmly told Molina cards can f*ck themselves in 2 languages Molina still “couldn’t hear” more dirtybird BS! we handle cards all season & we beat you in the playoffs couple years ago when Holiday choked on a routine fly ball yesterday was only one game . TRY & stay classy St.Louie….. Although I won’t expect it. Go BLUE!

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  10. mike osgood

    Lipreading, he “heard” Gonzalez say, “I’m screaming at you, asshole” !!!! Molina looks like a total douche on this one…I don’t know what he said, but he certainly wasn’t “screaming” at Molina..That was obvious even on T.V.

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  11. Alan Gomez

    Everyone knows that stupid Puerto Rican Molina don’t want none of Gonzalez because Puerto Ricans fight like girls and are all talk.

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  12. Jer

    Surprised Hanley’s ribs are still intact this deep into the series.

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  13. Scott Piotrowski

    Is it the St. Louis Thug-inals or the St. Louis Cardi-thugs?

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  14. Ron Zrodlo

    I don’t really care who pitches and why,,Molina needs one pitch into his dome every single effing game from now until the end. Top 5 biggest POS in MLB. Break his jaw so they have to wire it shut and we don’t have to hear anymore of his bullshit. What a low life.

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  15. Jim

    Molina is a low class punk. I used to think he has some but he has shown over and over that he has none. He should have been tossed for laying his hands on the umpire and shoving him out of the way. Gonzo was sticking up for his players and made his point and LOWlina tried to turn it into a fight. What a loser…great talent, but a loser.

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  16. Dodger girl

    f you want to scream at me, then you’ve got to be ready to fight. I don’t let anybody talk to me like that.” hey Molina, Im a women so if I scream at you, are you going to fight me or beat me! Your NOT a man, you are a coward, you are lucky you didn’t get kicked out, I am shocked that the ump allowed you to push him.. karma baby Go dodgers

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  17. True blue

    Was at the game and thought we had the game won only to see St Louis come back versus our ace.Today it is time to redeem ourselves or wait another year.

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  18. rob

    Molina getting hurt didn’t help cardinals against the giants was his reward haha

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