Cardinals’ Yadier Molina explains deleted Instagram group photo

Yadier Molina with the rare error on Sunday night. 

The Cardinals catcher, who tested positive for coronavirus in early August, posted a group photo alongside others late Sunday with the caption “f— covid” and a shrugging man emoji. Later, Molina would edit the caption to remove the “f— covid,” before removing the photo in its entirety from his Instagram feed.

On Monday, Molina reposted the IG photo with a new caption, explaining the whole ordeal in its entirety: 

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I wanted to make a few things clear with the picture I sent. I know COVID is a serious virus, trust me, I had it for a week myself! Many of the people in the picture are the same way and we got together to celebrate beating COVID. The other people in the picture are tested routinely because they work directly at my house or are part of my family! I understand how this looks from the outside, and even though I do this most of the time, I will make sure to be more careful to wear masks and socially distance in the future. And, my message under the picture was to show the world that we can beat this thing! I know this won't make everyone understand, but I hope it clears up some concerns people have. “FCOVID” Not because I don't care about the protocols, but because this won't beat us!

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I wanted to make a few things clear with the picture I sent. I know COVID is a serious virus, trust me, I had it for a week myself! Many of the people in the picture are the same way and we got together to celebrate beating COVID. The other people in the picture are tested routinely because they work directly at my house or are part of my family! I understand how this looks from the outside, and even though I do this most of the time, I will make sure to be more careful to wear masks and socially distance in the future. And, my message under the picture was to show the world that we can beat this thing! I know this won’t make everyone understand, but I hope it clears up some concerns people have. “FCOVID” Not because I don’t care about the protocols, but because this won’t beat us!

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Molina’s new and updated caption in its entirety: 

I wanted to make a few things clear with the picture I sent. I know COVID is a serious virus, trust me, I had it for a week myself! Many of the people in picture are the same way and we got together to celebrate beating COVID. The other people in the picture are tested routinely because they work directly at my house or are part of my family! I understand how this looks from the outside, and even though I do this most of the time, I will make sure to be more careful to wear masks and socially distance in the future. And, my message under the picture was to show the world that we can beat this thing! I know this won’t make everyone understand, but I hope it clears up some concerns people have. “FCOVID” Not because I don’t care about the protocols, but because this won’t beat us!

And the original posts can be seen here: 

The Cardinals, who incurred one of the longest shutdowns of the MLB season after an outbreak ravaged their roster, returned to play Aug. 15 after having 19 of their games postponed after July 29.

Molina was one of seven Cardinals players who tested positive in the initial outbreak on Aug. 3, along with Paul DeJong and other players and staffers.

While there’s no threat for Molina to pass along the coronavirus to others now that he’s clear of the illness, there’s no guarantee that Molina won’t catch the virus from others a second time, hence potentially spreading it to teammates or staffers along the way.

In fairness, there’s also no telling when this photo was initially taken, though his Instagram story shows him wearing the same outfit (and weird Broncos bucket hat) as he did in the post. Molina’s clarification shows that it was likely recent.

In any case, there was cause to question why Molina posted this — maskless, indoor group gathering — just a few weeks after the Cardinals’ season was put into limbo because of the coronavirus. Molina’s explanation certainly clears some things up, but he should probably be a bit more clear with his intentions from the jump in the future.

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