The Cardinals and Reds engaged within the first benches-clearing incident of the 2021 MLB season Saturday at Nice American Ball Park in Cincinnati. Reds outfielder Nicholas Castellanos was on the middle of it.
Castellanos stood over pitcher Jake Woodford at dwelling plate and yelled at him after scoring on a wild pitch within the fourth inning. Castellanos was nonetheless upset about Woodford hitting him with a pitch earlier within the inning.
“I wore 93 within the ribs, that does not really feel good,” Castellanos stated after the sport, per C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic.
“I stood up and stated, ‘Let’s f—ing go’ and I walked off,” Castellanos added, per Rosecrans.
Woodford and catcher Yadier Molina jawed at Castellanos, which obtained everybody on the sector. No punches have been seen on the TV feeds.
There was a flareup minutes later within the outfield because the bullpens headed again to their respective areas. Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks and Reds shortstop Eugenio Suarez have been among the many principals. Once more, no punches have been seen.
Castellanos was the one particular person ejected. The Reds went on to win the sport 9-6.
The St. Louis-Cincinnati dislike stretches again greater than a decade. An precise brawl between the groups passed off in 2010, additionally in Cincinnati. Molina was within the middle of that one, too.
That stated, Castellanos voiced his respect for the veteran Molina.
“That man may punch me within the face and I might nonetheless ask him for a signed jersey,” Castellanos advised reporters, per Rosecrans.
There was hypothesis that the Cardinals have been retaliating for a way Castellanos skipped out of the batter’s field on his Opening Day dwelling run Thursday. Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright tried to squash that discuss. Wainwright appeared extra upset that Castellanos provided Woodford the ball that hit him.
“That is drained. He ought to know higher than that,” Wainwright stated, per Katie Woo of The Athletic.