It might take some time before players from the United States and Puerto Rico speakto one another inside MLB clubhouses.
The World Baseball Classic war of words, ignited by Ian Kinsler'scontroversial pre-finals remarks, came to a headwhen Adam Jones and other Team USAsaid a sense of being disrespected fueled their 8-0 win in Wednesday night's championship game. Now, Puerto Rico catcher Yadier Molina wants an apology from Jones.
"Adam Jones ... is talking about things he doesn't know about," Molina told ESPN.com Thursday. "He really has to get informed because he shouldn't have said those comments, let alone in public and mocking the way [preparations] were made."
In Jones' remarks, he accused Puerto Rico of prematurely celebrating with a planned flight and parade on the island territory. He pointed out Molina and his teammates had T-shirts madein the event they wonand that "didn't sit well with us, so we did what we had to do."
U.S. outfielder Andrew McCutcheon, saying Puerto Rico's plans"ignited us."
Molina echoed shortstop Carlos Correa, who earlier said Jones and the U.S. misinterpreted their plans. They noted, correctly, Team USA also had T-shirts awaiting their victory, but that's beside the point. This was a matter of national pride, not gloating.
"That's why I'm sending a message to [Jones], saying 'Look at this, right now you're in spring training working out, and we're with our people, with our silver medals,'" the St. Louis Cardinals catcher said. "You're in spring training and you're working ... you have no idea how to celebrate your honors, you don't know what it means.
"He has to apologize to the Puerto Rican people," he added. "Obviously, you wanted to win; he didn't know what this means to [our] people."