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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Adam Wainwright: Adrian Gonzalez heckled me at third base

Adam WainwrightAdam Wainwright cleared up a misunderstanding regarding his issues with Adrian Gonzalez’s “Mickey Mouse” behavior during Game 3 on Monday night, explaining that he wasn’t annoyed with a celebration, but with Gonzalez heckling him.

LBS and many other outlets incorrectly believed Wainwright was annoyed with the way Gonzalez celebrated his RBI double to put the Los Angeles Dodgers up 1-0 in Game 3. Gonzalez gave a comment after the game indicating he thought Wainwright was upset with his celebration, but Wainwright explained on Tuesday that it was Gonzalez’s behavior at third that got to him.

“He told me to throw the ball to the backstop when he was at third base,” Wainwright explained to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

Gonzalez, for his part, denied heckling Wainwright.

“I wasn’t chirping at him,” Gonzalez said via the Los Angeles Times. “(Third base coach Tim Wallach) said, ‘Curve ball in the dirt, make sure you go.’ I said, ‘Curve ball in the dirt, I go.’ ”

So there you go — misunderstanding semi cleared up. And we apologize for creating the belief that Wainwright was upset with Gonzalez’s celebration. Now that the Cardinals are up 3-1 in the series, this issue will seem like an afterthought if St. Louis advances.

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