Three days into the MLB’s 2021 season, the benches cleared and a player was ejected in Saturday’s game between the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals.
As Cincinnati led 6-2 in the fourth inning, Reds’ outfielder Nick Castellanos stepped in the batter’s box and was drilled by a fastball from St. Louis pitcher Jake Woodford.
“I mean, look, I wore [92 mph] in the ribs. That don’t exactly feel good, you know?” Castellanos said after the game. “I asked Yadi if it was an accident. He said, ‘Of course, it’s an accident.’ Alright, Yadi is a dude, Yadi is a boss… I take my stuff off. I even asked the pitcher if he wanted the ball back. … I go to first and the only thing I’m thinking about is scoring.”
A few pitches later, Woodford threw a wild pitch that Castellanos absolutely would take advantage of. As Woodford was covering the plate, Castellanos slid in and scored — he stood up and flexed over Woodford in celebration, which led to Molina defending his teammate.
After the game, Castellanos said he has nothing but respect for Yadi.
“That guy could have punched me in the face and I’d still ask him for a signed jersey,” Castellanos said.
After their initial encounter at home plate, which caused benches to clear, things got heated in the outfield.
“Umpire crew chief Jim Reynolds said Castellanos was ejected because after sliding into home, he ‘re-engaged the pitcher in unnecessary fashion,'” Fox Sports reports.
The Reds went on to beat the Cardinals 9-6.