Willson Contreras Puts It Perfectly: "I Just Told Him to Do His Job and I'll Do Mine"

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Willson Contreras Puts It Perfectly: “I Just Told Him to Do His Job and I’ll Do Mine”

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There was probably a lot that actually went into the dustup between catchers Willson Contreras and Tyler Flowers last night (Julio Teheran hitting Kris Bryant up high, and Josh Donaldson shushing the Cubs bench probably didn’t help), but now we know a little more on the specifics, and can make fun of Flowers accordingly.

Here’s a more complete visual on what happened:

So, it looked something like this: Flowers steals a strike below the zone with a great frame job. Contreras, a fellow catcher, talks to the umpire about the strike – an extremely normal thing for a catcher to do as part of the game. Flowers inserts himself into that conversation for no reason, and then laughs at Contreras.

So, yeah, when Contreras blasts one after that, he turns to say something to Flowers. I probably would have, too. Then on arriving at home plate, Flowers says something, and Contreras blows up.

Now, did Contreras probably get a little too heated in the moment? Did he perhaps push things a bit too far? Yeah, and yeah. But given that it was Flowers who stuck his butt into things, he should have accepted Contreras’s look back on the home run and then kept his mouth shut when Contreras arrived at the plate (or, better yet, complimented him on taking a two strike pitch out the other way). That is to say, Contreras probably pushed the envelope, but Flowers twice injected himself when it wasn’t necessary or advisable.

(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Speaking of injecting yourself when it isn’t necessary or advisable, here’s former Braves player and current broadcaster Jeff Francoeur playing microphone tough guy:

Yeah, take a swing at Willson Contreras and let me know how that works out for you when you get back on your feet a week later.

Flowers described the situation with about as little self-awareness and as much condescension as a person can:

This guy has the stones to insert himself into Contreras’s conversation with the ump, and then say *Contreras* needs to pick his battles? Then he laughs at Contreras and calls *Contreras* an agitator?

After the game, Contreras put it perfectly when discussing the situation:

Oh, and Contreras’s response to Francoeur was a lot classier than I would have been able to muster:

That’s my catcher.

Contreras and Flowers post-game videos:


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Author: Brett Taylor

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