LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly used the term "double standard" after two members of the St. Louis Cardinals criticized his players for their exuberant celebrations following key hits in the Dodgers' 3-0 win in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series on Monday night.
Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright said he saw veteran Adrian Gonzalez doing some "Mickey Mouse stuff" at second base, and Carlos Beltran said rookie Yasiel Puig "doesn't know" how he should behave on the field.
Mattingly said he had "zero problem" with Gonzalez's celebration and said Puig's was the Dodgers' problem, not the Cardinals'. Puig was late leaving the box after he flipped his bat and celebrated what he thought was a home run. It hit off the right-field wall, and Puig wound up with a stand-up triple, punctuated by a leap and a clap.
"I also had zero problems the other day when they got out of the bases-loaded jam and Yadier [Molina] pumps his fist," Mattingly said. "To me, that's just baseball. Guys get excited. I had zero problems with their celebration the way they do it and I think our guys were excited that our backs were to the wall. They've been stopping us and shutting us down."
After Beltran threw out Mark Ellis at the plate in Game 1, Molina pumped his fist and slapped the dirt. After a key strikeout of Juan Uribe in Game 2, Cardinals starter Michael Wacha appeared to be yelling as he charged off the mound, pumping both fists. Cardinals starter Joe Kelly hit Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the ribs in Game 1, and Ramirez is playing with a hairline fracture as a result. The Dodgers have not hit a Cardinals batter.
Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke was asked his opinion of Puig's celebration.
"No comment, since he's on my team," Greinke said.
Mattingly said Puig routinely is a tad slow out of the box when he thinks he has connected for a home run.
"Our guys, you hear them yell in our dugout, 'Run!'" Mattingly said.