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Yadier Molina and Gerald Laird downplay ‘animated argument’

Aug 5, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols

Reports surfaced last night about Cardinals teammates Yadier Molina and Gerald Laird getting into an “ugly” fight over an undisclosed issue, but everyone involved has now downplayed the incident that Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post Dispatch calls an “animated argument.”

According to Hummel, manager Tony La Russa held a closed-door clubhouse meeting yesterday to address, among other things, the Molina-Laird situation, which occurred at the team hotel after the Cardinals arrived in Florida late Wednesday night.

Albert Pujols reportedly intervened, no punches were thrown, and La Russa told Hummel that “they hugged each other” afterward. Or as Laird put it:

It was just a disagreement. Long day. It’s a long year. When you spend a lot of time with these guys, obviously you’re going to have disagreements. Two guys disagreeing about something and that’s about it. We’re friends. We get along real well.

Still no word on what that “something” could have been, although my hope is that it all started when Laird accused Yadier of being the slowest Molina brother.

  1. spudchukar - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    With 19 steals over the past three years, Yadi leaves Jose and Benji in the dust.

    • paperlions - Aug 5, 2011 at 1:34 PM

      I don’t think any of them are fast enough to kick up any dust.

      • cur68 - Aug 5, 2011 at 2:31 PM

        Excuse me? Don’t be dissin’ on the Molina’s man. Kill ya.

        cur “El Gaucho” Molina68 (the unofficial 4th Molina)

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