Nick Castellanos on Yadier Molina: I'd Want Signed Jersey Even If He Punched Me

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIApril 4, 2021

Cincinnati Reds' Nick Castellanos talks with St. Louis Cardinals' Yadier Molina after benches clear during a baseball game in Cincinnati, Saturday, April 3, 2021. The Reds won 9-6. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
AP Photo/Aaron Doster

Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos sparked a bench-clearing brawl after flexing, yelling and standing over St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Jake Woodford following a play at home plate on Saturday:

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The Cardinals didn't take kindly to Castellanos' actions, with Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina notably shoving the outfielder from behind before saying a few words. Castellanos was later ejected.

After the game, Castellanos provided a quote that showcased his respect for Molina, a nine-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion.

"That guy could punch me in the face and I'd still ask him for a signed jersey," Castellanos said, per C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic.

Molina is a nine-time Gold Glove winner who has played with the Cardinals for his entire 18-year MLB career. He's a lock for the Baseball Hall of Fame someday and one of the most respected players in the game. It's no surprise Castellanos respects Molina's stature even after a heated matchup, which the Reds won 9-6.

Speaking of the brawl, Derrick S. Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch provided some context for what went down:

Derrick S. Goold @dgoold

Bringing the heat back to #Cardinals #Reds:<br><br>Game 1 -- Castellanos has a bat flip in a loss.<br>Game 2 -- Castellanos HBP from Woodford, scores on WP, flexes like WWF.<br>Game 3 -- Stay tuned. https://t.co/qJf4erjQoD

The Reds and Cardinals will play the rubber match of their three-game series on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. ET in Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park.


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