ANAHEIM -- Until he heard what Arizona manager Kirk Gibson had to say after Saturday's game, Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija thought his back-and-forth with Diamondbacks third-base coach Matt Williams was just "heat of the moment" stuff and over with.
Afterward Gibson told reporters: "He didn't get the win did he? Maybe he should just shut the f--- up and pitch."
Samardzija, addressing it Tuesday for the first time, said: "Maybe they just needed a story about something over there. ... I don't think it was a big deal. I just thought we were playing the game, and there were a lot of emotions. And they played for a long time, too, and they were successful as players. I figured they'd understand, but I guess not.''
The D-Backs seemed to be upset at a some inside pitches from Samardzija to Arizona pitcher Ian Kennedy.
"I don't know why I'd be trying to hit him; he's the pitcher," Samardzija said. "I was just losing the ball arm-side there for a while. Apparently they don't like that."
The Cubs see the Diamonbacks again July 22-25 in Arizona.