Chris Archer: I'm not mad about David Ortiz's celebration
ST. PETERSBURG – As Rays RHP Chris Archer dressed before Monday’s game, he saw the ticker on a clubhouse TV scroll by, calling him agitated about David Ortiz flipping his bat and trotting around the bases Sunday.
“Agitated’s not the right word,” Archer said before Monday’s game against the Brewers. “Angry’s not the right word. He pimped a home run off me.”
Archer clarified his comments Monday, a day after he said Ortiz showboated and that he feels “like he’s bigger than the game.” Ortiz responded, suggesting that Archer hadn’t been in the game long enough to complain about it.
“It’s funny because I would have never mentioned it if I didn’t get asked about it (after the game),” Archer said. “To me, I wasn’t (griping). I was just saying how it reiterated what’s already been said and how I didn’t understand why you feel like you have to do that.”
Archer said he didn’t even see Ortiz’s celebration during the game. He was too busy watching the flight of Ortiz’s 25th home run of the year and hoping RF Kevin Kiermaier would somehow track it down.
Archer saw the bat flip when he was watching video after his start. Archer, in his first full season in the majors, said he felt as if the incident was blown out of proportion but noted that he’s never seen video of Hank Aaron flipping his bat.
“I guess different people have different ways of reacting,” Archer said. “That’s just who he is, how he plays the game. I’m not mad. Just speaking the truth.”