Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones and outfielder for team USA in the World Baseball Classic was demanded by Puerto Rico’s catcher Yadier Moina to apologize for his comments about WBC party plans.
Baltimore Orioles‘ Adam Jones voiced his opinion on Yadier Molina and Puerto Rico’s after party plans following the United States championship victory in the World Baseball Classic. Molina took notice of Jones’ comments and commanded an apology from the five-time All-Star.
Following USA’s 8-0 win over Puerto Rico to win the WBC championship, Jones made a statement to MLB Network on how Puerto Rico’s made party plans before Wednesday night’s WBC championship game. Jones and other members of the United States team claimed they used Puerto Rico’s celebration plans as motivation and “didn’t sit well with us.”
Molina discovered Jones’ comments and responded by telling this to ESPN Deportes’, Marly Rivera:
"“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.”"
These comments come after Team USA’s second baseman Ian Kinsler told The New York Times:
"“I hope kids watching the W.B.C. can watch the way we play the game and appreciate the way we play the game as opposed to the way Puerto Rico plays or the Dominican plays,” Kinsler said. “That’s not taking anything away from them. That just wasn’t the way we were raised. They were raised differently and to show emotion and passion when you play. We do show emotion; we do show passion. But we just do it in a different way.”"
According to ESPN, Puerto Rico defended their advanced party plans by claiming their celebration was going to happen, regardless if they win or lose.
Molina and the St. Louis Cardinals play the Baltimore Orioles in interleague play starting June 16 in a weekend series in Baltimore.