ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright took the blame on Friday for the flap that ensued after he said he served up pitches to Derek Jeter during the All-Star game.
The 12-game winner spent part of the first day following the All-Star break explaining his comments after the retiring Yankees shortstop doubled off him in the first inning Tuesday.
Wainwright said he made a poor choice of words describing the at-bat against a player he called "the Michael Jordan of baseball" for the last 20 years.
He accepted responsibility for the resulting furor he says was fueled by the "Twitter-verse" that marred his experience.
"I'd be lying to say it didn't," Wainwright said. "But you bring something upon yourself, what can you expect?"
Wainwright did a second round of interviews on Tuesday in an attempt at damage control and said Friday he had contacted Jeter through Yankees teammate Kelly Johnson.
"Derek is the last guy who needs an explanation from me on this," Wainwright said. "This is not something he needs."
He didn't second-guess any of his pitches.
"Apparently, saying I piped one to him meant I intentionally threw one down the middle," Wainwright said. "It didn't work out well. I had a very good time pitching, though, I really did."
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny thought Wainwright, always outgoing and a thoughtful interview subject, might be more guarded in the future. After watching video of the interview, he was critical of media that would "run off with that thing."
"It's a tragedy, it's terrible," Matheny said. "That guy should be ashamed, the guy that first started running with it."
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