Moose says he wasn’t angry with media, just trying to give credit where credit was due

Mike Moustakas would like the focus to get back on baseball, not him off the field.

Orlin Wagner

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A day after third baseman Mike Moustakas refused to answer any questions about his offensive contributions to a 3-2 win over Colorado, he explained to a handful of reporters that he wasn’t angry with the media, nor were his actions an attempt at making some kind of profound statement.

"All this media attention and what not, it’s not really my style (and) I don’t really like it," he said Thursday before the Orioles-Royals game. "(I wasn’t making) a point, but this is a team, this is the Kansas City Royals, this isn’t about me (or other players).

"We go out and we play as one team, and we try to win a ballgame as a team each night, so with all the questions and speculation, that’s what your (jobs) are to do, and my job is to go out there and play the game as best I can and try to perform on a professional level."

Moustakas admitted he was attempting to have a little fun when he answered all questions about his offense on Wednesday immediately praising Royals starter Jason Vargas.

"Yeah, a little bit … I felt like I answered the question how I wanted to, and it started kind of being a little funny towards the second or third time (it was asked)," he said. "But you guys know me well enough to (know) I’m normally always here answering questions. I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job of that for the most part."

Moustakas also admitted that he believes he has become too much of a focus lately in media reports.

"You know, everything kind of was focused on me — I’m not that kind of guy," he said. "I’ve always been the kind of guy who passes it off to the guys who deserve the credit. Vargie threw a great game for us last night, and that was kind of lost in it all.

"When you play this game, you have different responsibilities, and some of them are to answer questions and some of them are to go out there and play the game. And every night it’s different. Every night you’re not going to have a great positive attitude, but it’s our job to go in there and play the game as hard as you can and then come in here and answer (your) questions.

"I’m not much on talking about myself, I never have been, so with what happened yesterday I hope it wasn’t misperceived. But I really felt that Vargie threw the ball fantastic for us and I was trying to give him as much credit as he deserved yesterday."

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