St. Louis Cardinals catcher adier Molina thinks dam Jones owes the people of Puerto Rico an apology after some comments he made regarding the World Baseball Classic.
The St. Louis Cardinals were fortunate enough to be represented by a number of players in the World Baseball Classic. Among them, Yadier Molina stood out and was possibly the best catcher in the entire tournament. He played for Team Puerto Rico that ended up taking second place after losing to Team USA 8-0.
However, after the game, Team USA outfielder, Adam Jones, made a few comments that Molina took exception to. Jones stated that Team USA had extra motivation afer hearing that Team Puerto Rico already had a parade and post-game celebration planned in Puerto Rico.
“Should I tell the truth? Well, before the game, we got a note that there were some championship shirts made, and we didn’t make them,” Jones said after the game, per MLB.com. “And a flight. That didn’t sit well with us. And a parade. That didn’t sit well with us. So we did what we had to do.”Molina responded and expressed to an ESPN reporter at the parade that Jones shouldn’t have made those comments.
“Adam Jones … is talking about things he doesn’t know about,” Molina told ESPN. “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.”
Jones also mentioned that Puerto Rico’s team had champion T-shirts prepared and ready and that Team USA wasn’t too happy with the news. Prior to the Puerto Rico vs. USA title game, a flight to Puerto Rico and a celebration was planned.
“He has to apologize to the Puerto Rican people,” Molina added. “Obviously, you wanted to win; he didn’t know what this means to [our] people.”
“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,’” Molina continued. “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.”
The World Baseball Classic was a good opportunity for a number of players to show their national pride and support. However, it seems that there may have been a misunderstanding between the two nations’ representatives. Regardless, it doesn’t seem to be anything too serious but the St. Louis Cardinals star does want Jones to step up.