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Benches clear in Cards-Reds game, La Russa and Baker get the boot

Aug 10, 2010, 7:41 PM EDT

Things just got pretty heated between the Cardinals and Reds in the bottom of the first inning.

Brandon Phillips (who else?) exchanged words with Yadier Molina behind the plate as he was set to lead off the bottom of the first inning, clearing the benches. They were quickly separated from each other, but things didn’t really go bananas until Scott Rolen went after his former teammate Chris Carpenter. Really.

There was plenty of pushing and pulling going on and Tuesday’s starter Johnny Cueto unleashed a flurry of kicks with his back against the screen, as you’ll see in this image, provided by MLB’s Twitter feed.

Oddly, only Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and Reds manager Dusty Baker were tossed from the game, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

And if Reds fans didn’t hate Molina enough already, he slugged a solo home run in the top of the second inning to give the Cardinals an early 2-0 lead. Bad blood and pennant race baseball, folks. We’ve arrived. 

  1. MdEagle - Aug 10, 2010 at 8:15 PM

    Haha, you know Scott Rolen haaaaates LaRussa. I wish Rolen had that fire in Philly.

  2. McGee - Aug 10, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    Scott Rolen has never shown fire like that his entire career – thus the “O’ Face”

  3. Nick C - Aug 11, 2010 at 12:34 AM

    Cueto is a little bitch. Kicking with metal spikes in a crowd. Negligent at least and maybe reckless. On top of that his defense is that he was scared, so he is yellow as well.

  4. MVD - Aug 11, 2010 at 4:45 AM

    Apparently, like Chris Carpenter, you didnt watch the video of the scrum or see it live. Cueto was against the wall and a couple punches were thrown in his direction. I’d be kicking people away from me too. Maybe the Cardinals should learn not to mess with the Latin Assassin.

  5. RDuffieldC - Aug 11, 2010 at 7:55 AM

    Why isn’t anyone questioning why the umpire did not step in and stop this before it went too far. It was obvious from the moment Phillips gave Molina the taps, he wasn’t having it. Then they started jawing for a few seconds before they got into each others faces, and then jawed again for about 4 seconds before the umpire finally decided that enough was enough. Seriously though, this could have stopped about 10 seconds before it did, and nothing would have needed to happen. Whatever.

  6. Jonny5 - Aug 11, 2010 at 8:27 AM

    What’s the deal between Rolen and Carpenter??? Inquiring minds want to know.

  7. Nick C - Aug 11, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    Cueto was a scared little bitch. I didn’t see anyone else kicking like a little girl.

  8. Dan - Aug 11, 2010 at 9:32 AM

    In case you missed it Carpenter got pinned against the screen before Johnny “I must be good at kickball” Cueto. Carpenter didn’t respond like a little girl.
    Cueto should be suspended by the Reds just for embarrassing them.

  9. chadh88 - Aug 11, 2010 at 9:37 AM

    Carp still misses Rolen. He hasn’t had a real player at 3rd since he left. (except for the partial year Glaus gave us last year) and he still blames Rolen for pissing off Tony and getting tossed of the team. If Rolen hadn’t messed with Tony he would still be a core guy here in STL.

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