Before Wednesday's World Baseball Classic championship game, the U.S. team apparently got wind of premature Puerto Rican postgame plans.
Adam Jones said he heard that the Puerto Ricans already had championship T-shirts made. There was also a parade back home planned, he noted.
"That didn't sit well with us," the Orioles center fielder said after the Americans' 8-0 win.
Now Puerto Rico captain Yadier Molina wants an apology. The St. Louis Cardinals catcher told ESPN during Thursday's parade in San Juan that Jones "is talking about things he doesn't know about."
"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," Molina said.
Puerto Rican players said they were always planning to fly home from Los Angeles to celebrate their WBC success, regardless of Wednesday's result. Puerto Rico had become so enthralled by the team's run, it had begun to run out of hair dye, snatched up by fans eager to look like the platinum-blond-haired team.
"He has to apologize to the Puerto Rican people," Molina said to ESPN. "Obviously, you wanted to win; he didn't know what this means to [our] people.
He added: "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. 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 Cardinals come to Baltimore for a three-game series June 16.