Lynn’s emotions apparently misinterpreted by ump
The scene turned a bit bizarre at the close of the top half of the sixth on Sunday. Yadier Molina ended the frame by throwing out Gerald Laird when Laird tried to swipe second. Lance Lynn gestured home as a nod to his catcher. His message, as he explained afterward was simply, “Good job for throwing him out.”
However, home plate umpire Mike Muchlinski appeared to take exception and immediately started talking back at Lynn. Lynn said afterward that he thought perhaps Muchlinski misinterpreted his intentions, thinking that instead of thanking his catcher that Lynn was complaining about an earlier pitch that he thought should have been called for a strike.
“I guess wait until I get back to the dugout until I tell Yadi ‘Good Job’ next time,” Lynn later deadpanned.
Molina defused the tension, and manager Mike Matheny briefly took over the argument before retreating to the dugout.
Lynn’s emotional outbursts have been a topic of conversation for the past two years. He’s had problems being too demonstrative in the past, and the Cardinals’ concerns have been that opponents or umpires will misinterpret the frustration as complaining or showing up. But when the Cardinals encouraged Lynn to reduce the public displays earlier this year, it then seemed to diminish his intensity. With that not the desired result either, the Cardinals have basically let Lynn be as of late.
“We’ve had this go around and around all season with Lance and his intensity,” Matheny said. “We want him to be himself but that’s not always received or interpreted real well with his emotions. It’s part of learning. When you’re emotional, people are not necessarily going to like that all the time. … We want him to be himself. If he’s going to hack people off then so be it. We’re out here winning. We’re not in the friend-making business.”
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