"They paid for it so they can do whatever they want with it," he said.
The Cubs right fielder would speak no evil of his current team's biggest rival, his former team, the one he begins a three-game series against Monday in St. Louis.
"If you ask me about the rivalry this year, I feel like I'm on the side that has a lot of work to do as far as being established in the playoffs," Heyward said. "They've got World Series championships. They've got division titles. We want to be established as a group in Chicago."
But what of hearing evil?
Nope. None of that, either, he insisted.
"Every St. Louis fan I've seen in person has gone out of their way to be nice and say, 'Thank you for last year. I wish you nothing but the best, except against (the Cardinals),'" Heyward said. "Something like that doesn't get a lot of attention."
After five seasons with the Braves, Heyward suited up for 158 games with Cardinals last year, including four against the Cubs in the NLDS. He said he held no ill will toward the team in blue during his abbreviated stay in Missouri.