St. Louis Cardinals: Yadier Molina’s Mysterious Instagram Post, Lineup Absence

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Jun 22, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) reacts after striking out during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 22, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina (4) reacts after striking out during the fourth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Following a seemingly random Instagram post that had fans terrified at the possibility of the St. Louis Cardinals catcher leaving, he’s out of the lineup for Sunday’s game. What’s going on?

A few minutes after noon, approximately three hours before game time, Yadi suddenly posted the following on his Instagram account—a simple image, with no caption. “Now it’s time for me to move on” (see image below).

Amidst a page that is otherwise filled with extremely similar-looking selfies, advertisements, and memes involving bulls with extremely long horns (my nearly 6 years of Spanish education appear to be useless in deciphering that), it’s a bit of an oddity.

I, like many others, took it to refer to something in our beloved catcher’s personal life; perhaps a family issue or otherwise.

Here’s the aforementioned Instagram post:

Less than an hour after the post was made… the plot thickens.

The lineup for Sunday’s game was released, and Molina’s name was nowhere to be found. Instead, backup catcher Eric Fryer was slotted into #8 slot. Curious, to say the least.

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What’s going on with Yadi? Is he staging an intervention with Trevor Rosenthal? Pulling a big prank on us innocent fans, only to unveil his plot later and make fools of us all? Possibly ditching baseball to pursue a modeling career? Eating at Hometown Buffet with Brayan Peña?

It’s probably none of these, but on a more realistic note, to address the concerns of a possible trade or other such absurdities: the chances of Yadier Molina being traded or leaving the Cardinals are slim beyond measure. He’s the captain, the leader, the face of the ball club. He’s not going anywhere, folks.

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So then, what is this all about? It’s truly a fascinating tale; a riddle wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma. We’ll have to wait and see if we spot Yadi’s beautiful self, neck tattoos and all, in the St. Louis Cardinals dugout today.

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