Adam Wainwright apologizes for spat with Mike Matheny

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny (left) and ace Adam Wainwright seem to have patched things up. (USATSI)
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny (left) and ace Adam Wainwright seem to have patched things up. (USATSI)

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Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright, in his most recent start, crafted a pretty effective outing against the Rangers on Sunday night: 6 2/3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 6 K, 1 BB. On the other hand, Wainwright took the loss and was none too pleased when St. Louis manager Mike Matheny double-switched him out of the game with two outs in the seventh. Matheny justified his decision by saying Wainwright had been "laboring," and Wainwright took offense (AP):

"He's wrong," Wainwright said after missing a chance to become the National League's first 11-game winner. "You don't want to call your manager out and I would never do that. Laboring is not what I was doing."

After noting Matheny was in charge and criticizing himself for allowing the tying hit, Wainwright (10-5) had more to say on the issue of fatigue. ...

"If you think I'm laboring because I went into deep counts, I went into deep counts all day," Wainwright said. "Made good pitches. That's his opinion."

After thinking over his words for a couple days, however, Wainwright was moved to apologize. Here, courtesy of Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, are Wainwright's comments before Monday's game in Houston:

"Mike Matheny is my leader and one of my mentors in life," Wainwright said. "I love that man. I need to make it up to a guy I have as much respect for as anyone in the world. To put him in a hard position like that is unforgivable."

...

"I'm super emotional," he said. "I wanted to win that game, super bad. We had lost the first two games in the series and I wanted to step up for my team and be the stopper. I take that obligation seriously.

"I always take a few minutes to calm down and collect myself (before talking to the media), but it slipped right there. I fell into compulsive and irrational anger and I hate that. I want to be a good leader, and help set the tone for what the Cardinals stand for. And I'm embarrassed by what I did.

"I will apologize to Mike personally when I see him today."

Celebrities of the world, take note: This is how you apologize. Nothing couched in terms of "those who may have been offended," no dwelling on mitigating circumstances, no recounting of what upset him in the first place -- just a genuine expression of regret. Well done.

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