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. Molina would later edit the caption to remove the “f— covid,” before removing the photo in its entirety from his Instagram feed.
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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.
In any case, there’s 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. At minimum, wear a mask.
The motto for 2020 is “read the room,” and regardless of when or where this photo was taken, Molina has to do a better job of that.
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