The Cincinnati Reds outfielder Nick Castellanos played in St. The two matches were suspended due to the Saturday actions that led to a fight with Louis Cardinals that cleared the lines.
Having objected to the penalty, Castellanos was not the only player who was punished as he and the other five were also fined.
The drama actually started on Thursday, Opening Day, when the Reds right fielder hit a home run and jumped out of the box before throwing his bat. After a day off for the teams on Friday, Castellanos crashed into the court of Cardinals assistant Jake Woodford in the fourth round of Saturday’s match.
Castellanos, unaffected by the collapse, took the ball and offered to throw it back to Woodford before putting it out of play. When Castellanos later came to score a goal in a wild field in the kick, he slid off and hit Woodford, who covered the home plate, then stood up, shouted and yawned in front of the pitcher.
As Castellanos began to move away, hunter Yadier Molina ran and shot him from behind, and the benches and bulls emptied. Only Castellanos was thrown out, as referee team chief Jim Reynolds said that Castellanos “re-commissioned the pitcher unnecessarily” after he entered the house.
“I’m not here to be disrespectful to anyone, but I want to win,” Castellanos said after Saturday’s 9-6 win.
St. Louis manager Mike Shildt saw this differently.
“No need to stand in front of anyone and make fun of someone,” Shildt said.
Information from The Associated Press is used in this report.