There's no celebrating in baseball. Not according Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and slugger Carlos Beltran, who complained after their Game 3 loss in Los Angeles on Monday night about some of the Dodgers players' enthusiasm.
Having only scored two runs in the first 25 innings of the NLCS (none of which came in Game 2), Adrian Gonzalez put the Dodgers on the board first in Game 3 with an RBI double in the fourth inning. After arriving at second base, Gonzalez was noticeably fired up as he pumped up his own dugout.
Not cool says Wainwright.
The Cardinals ace described Gonzalez's excitement at second base as "Mickey Mouse stuff," per Pedro Moura of the OC Register. A couple batters later, Yasiel Puig prematurely celebrated what he thought was a home run by flipping his bat and raising his arms. When he realized the ball was going to stay in the park, Puig got an RBI triple out of it. Standing on third base, Puig started pumping up the crowd.
Not cool says Beltran.
"As a player, I just think he doesn't know [about how to act]," Beltran said, via ESPN Los Angeles. "That's what I think. He really doesn't know. He must think that he's still playing somewhere else."
As for Puig, he defended his actions saying "you always see a lot of emotion on the field" in Cuba. But Gonzalez had quite the response to Wainwright's criticism.
"I did what I always do," Gonzalez said, via MLB.com. "We are in L.A., so Mickey Mouse stuff does go. Mickey Mouse is only an hour away. So, you know, it fits us. I did what I always do."
The Cardinals must have read the same unwritten rulebook the Braves read.