ST. LOUIS -- Yadier Molina could have prevented his Sunday meltdown very easily. All he needed to do was run full speed from the time he left the box. Break hard and Molina easily is safe at first.
There's no helmet slam, no gaskets blown, no ejections and no waiting around to find out if he will be suspended Monday. (He shouldn't. Based on the umps agreeing that any contact Molina made with first-base ump Clint Fagan was incidental, he won't get anything more than a fine.)
Watch Molina game after game and you know this wasn't the first time he has given less than full effort on a play. Surely you've seen him jog to first on a routine grounder or not even make it to first on a routine pop. If you're like me, you've also seen pitches skip past him and thought he didn't look all that interested in blocking them.
If you didn't know better, you just might believe that Yadier Molina needs a lesson in hustle. A couple of years ago, I would have agreed.
But I know better now. Three re...