The Cardinals light up Backe for 4 runs in an inning.
Molina comes to the plate later in the same inning.
He asks for time when Backe is starting his windup.
The ump grants him time.
Backe is upset and starts jawing at Molina.
The very next pitch is up in Molina's face.
If Backe would have thrown at Molina's legs or midsection, I wouldn't have had a huge problem with it because I don't think a batter should be granted time when a pitcher is in his windup...and I wouldn't blame him for being upset. But Backe threw at Molina's head...which is a punk move and he should have gotten his ass beat for it.
Molina should have charged the mound. There is no excuse for intentionally throwing at a guy's head.
Molina was livid, but didn't charge the mound, he took a few steps towards the mound and was yelling and pointing as the benches cleared.
LaRussa has the right attitude about throwing at hitters. He throws at their midsection so a player is much less likely to get seriously hurt. He doesn't want to hurt the guy, he just wants to send a message and protect his players.
Backe is an average pitcher who thinks he is a lot better than he is. He needs to keep his mouth shut and pitch, instead of trying to have a verbal war with Pujols or throwing at Molina's head.
Backe is a lot like a much less talented Carlos Zambrano. They both have a temper and a big mouth, and someone needs to smack them both around and put them in their place.
What's funny, is that Molina hit a comebacker to Backe on the very next pitch after being thrown at. How great would it have been had Molina whizzed a liner right by Backe's ear?
Turnabout would have been fair play, right?
I'm so glad we won this game and hung the loss on Backe. Serves him right.
Suck it Astros.