Molina, Laird clear air about disagreement

Molina, Laird clear air about disagreement

Molina, Laird clear air about disagreement
MIAMI -- The Cardinals had an issue shortly after they arrived in Florida for this weekend's four-game series.

Catchers Yadier Molina and Gerald Laird got into a heated argument as they arrived at the team hotel, the Ritz Carlton in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Wednesday night.

On Thursday, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa held a closed-door meeting covering several topics, including Molina's five-game suspension and the incident between Molina and Laird.

"It was a long, hot day," La Russa said. "And when you talk about a long, hot day, there's frustration. But there wasn't anything. They hugged each other. They're friends. It's just one of those things that happens. It's a long trip. There was no fight. They just got into an argument a little bit."

Laird, who is filling in for Molina during his suspension, called it a misunderstanding and assured that the two catchers have put it behind them.

"I argued with some of my best friends growing up," Laird said. "When you spend so much time with someone, like this group of guys that's been together for eight months, you're going to have disagreements. That's all it was. It was a disagreement and nothing more. It's not like it's going to ruin anything.

"We're together every single day and it was a long day, a long game and travel day. Guys are tired and tensions flared a little bit, but that's all it was."