ST. LOUIS – Being a catcher means putting yourself in harm’s way every game. Manning the plate carries all manner of responsibilities; among them – protecting the plate on a throw to home.
Yadier Molina took to Instagram Sunday night after watching a brutal collision at home plate between Angels catcher Jonathan Lucroy and Jake Marisnick of the Houston Astros.
In the game, Marisnick drove his shoulder into the head and neck of Lucroy during a play at the plate. The play looked vicious in real-time and in the replay.
Here are several different angles of the collision at home between Jake Marisnick and Jonathan Lucroy. Marisnick went right to Lucroy’s side after he touches home. Lucroy was carted off after a scary sight at Minute Maid Park. #TakeItBack pic.twitter.com/KixPkDI6vM
— SportsTalk 790 (@SportsTalk790) July 7, 2019
Lucroy suffered a concussion and broken nose as a result of the collision, ESPN reported.
Molina was incensed.
“Bull****!!!😡😡 MLB need to take action on this Bull**** play! ****! Praying for Lucroy! slide slide slide ****** !!!”
The Cardinals catcher responded to Astros fans and other players who came into his mentions to defend Marisnick or call the matter an accident.
For his part, Marisnick apologized during postgame interviews and on social media.
Through my eyes I thought the play was going to end up on the outside of the plate. I made a split second decision at full speed to slide head first on the inside part of the plate. That decision got another player hurt and I feel awful. I hope nothing but the best for @JLucroy20
— Jake Marisnick (@JSMarisnick) July 8, 2019