Team captain Yadier Molina wants United States outfielder Adam Jones to apologize to Puerto Rico's players for saying they were planning a postgame party in San Juan before the World Baseball Classic championship game was even played.
Molina made his comments to ESPN's Marly Rivera during Thursday's parade in San Juan, less than a day after Jones told MLB Network that Puerto Rico's postgame plans sounded a little premature and inspired the United States' dominating 8-0 victory.
"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 noted that the Puerto Rico team had champion T-shirts already made up as well and that "didn't sit well with us, so we did what we had to do." A flight to Puerto Rico and a "caravan" and celebration already had been planned before the title game was played.
"He has to apologize to the Puerto Rican people," Molina said. "Obviously, you wanted to win; he didn't know what this means to [our] people."
Other United States teammates echoed Jones' sentiment after Wednesday's WBC victory. However, the Puerto Rican team planned to fly home and celebrate its WBC performance, win or lose.
"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."
Jones replied to Molina's comments on Saturday.
"I have never disrespected Puerto Rico's team nor the Puerto Rican people," he told ESPN's Rivera. "The entire time I have said it was awesome what they have done to lift the country because [I know] it's been hard for them. They have brought baseball back to Puerto Rico. I think it's awesome that kids back in Puerto Rico are playing baseball. The last few years they've been better with [Carlos] Correa, [Francisco] Lindor, and others.
"I never meant any disrespect to the people or team. Actually I am happy they have something to be happy about. [I played in Venezuela] and I've always shown respect and spoken about the love that Latin America has for baseball."
Baseball fans in Puerto Rico had been head-over-heels excited about their team's deep run in the WBC. Puerto Rico was a perfect 7-0 before running into a determined USA team, led by starting pitcher Marcus Stroman.
Puerto Rico third baseman Carlos Correa said civic pride, born out of the tournament, has been unifying for all of the people in Puerto Rico.
"There were no crimes, there were no assassinations back home while we were playing in this classic," Correa said. "Everybody was dyeing their hair blond, so we had our whole nation behind us that is going through tough times right now."
ESPNDeportes.com and ESPN's Doug Padilla contributed to this report.