St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina had to be held back on Sunday after Arizona Diamondback's manager Torey Lovullo gestured to the catcher while beating outfielder A.J. Pollock
Molina was initially held back by panel umpire Tim Timmons and then manager Mike Matheny after both benches were cleared during the incident that occurred in the top of the second innings.
"(Lovullo) called me a m —- f —– twice," said Molina after the game, which the Diamondbacks won 4-1, according to KPNX-TV. "If you want to call someone, you're better prepared to fight."
Molina said he hopes the Major League Baseball will punish Lovullo for his comments.
"You can not talk to such a player" Or a referee. They need to be professional, "he said, according to MLB.com.
Lovullo was ejected for leaving the dugout to contest balls and strikes, Timmons said in a comment to a pool reporter that Molina's contact with him" happened "to explain why the catcher was not ejected."
Lovullo confirmed after the game that he used "a bad choice of words," but said he had "the utmost respect" for Molina.
"The First, what I want to say is that I respect Yadier Molina very much. He's one of the best catchers the game has ever seen, "he said.
" I just wanted to go out there to talk to the referee about something and reference something and use a bad wording, and he assumed that, I wish I could take back what I said, but it really was not really addressed to him A phrase from me that I respect him at this level, that he gets certain things because he is so good ", he said.
He admitted he was "frustrated with what I was watching" and "probably took things a little too far.
The victory was Lovullo's 1