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Chris Archer is unhappy David Ortiz admired his three-run home run

Jul 27, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

Chris Archer AP

The Rays and Red Sox haven’t exactly been buddy-buddy this season. On May 25, the two teams were combatants in a benches-clearing brawl, as the Red Sox didn’t enjoy Yunel Escobar stealing third base with a five-run lead in the seventh inning. The next weekend, the AL East rivals had a beanball war which forced the Red Sox to go four-deep on their manager depth chart.

Here’s some more fuel to the fire. Red Sox DH David Ortiz belted a three-run home run in the top of the third inning off of Rays starter Chris Archer, giving the Sox a 3-0 lead. Ortiz, as he often does, admired his handiwork before jogging around the bases. Watch the homer:

After the game, Archer expressed displeasure with Ortiz’s self-admiration:

Ortiz fired back:

  1. lawrinson20 - Jul 28, 2014 at 5:38 AM

    I’m a Sawx fan since 76. I like Papi. But the rays (gasp) are right. Baseball is about tradition and respect for the game, and Ortiz seems to think he’s exempt from all that. The act is old and tiresome. Too big to run it out to first, and too big to abide by baseball’s unwritten rules. Too big for his britches.

    I’ll applaud the next homer, just like the last, but I’ll cringe the moment he realizes it’s gone.

  2. tominma - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Ive been watching Big Papi since he arrived in Boston. When he started to become the great hitter he is, he started his routine. He stares at the ball to make sure it’s out, then when he arrives at the plate, his actions are to thank God with the kiss of his thumb and raising both arms to the sky!! That’s been his habit for a long time.

    Remember, the Rays and the Sox do NOT like each other. So, comments from the Rays ( or the Sox for that matter) should be read with that in mind. It’s harmless and he’s been doing it forever,

    • boogerhill - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      That’s the famous ROID trot! He became a great hitter because of roids! He was released by the Twins, for Chrissakes!

      • jrob23 - Aug 21, 2014 at 4:53 PM

        a poorly run franchise that was trying to platoon him and sit him against lefties let him go. You sir are an idiot

  3. insley29 - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    People need to stop with the “disrespecting” the game nonsense. Do you really think that celebrating or actually enjoying the moment is disrespecting the entire game of baseball? Get over it, pitchers pump their fists and yell after big outs and hitters pimp homers. It’s not a matter of disrespect is just the way game is played now. If Archer and Maddon are so upset here’s an idea, make a better pitch and get him out.

    • pete2112 - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:54 AM

      Let’s flip this around…. If Ortiz was the pitcher and Archer hit one out we all know Ortiz would be complaining about it and I have a feeling his complaining would have been much more dramatic. No question about it.

      • insley29 - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:43 AM

        I’m not condoning any of these guys behavior, people seem to have really short memories when it comes to this whole disrespecting debate. When Archer struck out Nava back in June he jumped off the mound pumped his fist and actually kissed his own bicep, and now he’s pissed at a guy for watching a homerun. It just doesn’t jive..

      • pete2112 - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:13 AM

        I agree that’s it’s BS on both sides when this stuff is pulled, but I’m going to give Archer a bit of a break on that incident due to his age and honesty I hope his coaches got on him for that. Ortiz on the other hand has been around long enough and should know better at this point and given my points from my other comments regarding how he’s so sensitive about himself, he should just run the bases or at least walk fast.

  4. pete2112 - Jul 28, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    I think it’s annoying how he’s so overly sensitive when something is said about him but yet he feels he can be so disrespectful to the opposing pitcher by his very overdone bat toss and stare routine. I know others do this, but they also don’t cry about everything either. Ortiz wants it both ways.

  5. ctony1216 - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    It’s all very subjective, but I think it comes down to whether, as a player, you want to be considered a complete a**hole in the eyes of your peers. Over the years, opposing players have given Ortiz the benefit of the doubt — he comes across as a respectful person in all his other dealings with players. But given yesterday’s HR pose and the comments of Archer, Price and Maddon, Ortiz may be starting the cross the line. And the Rays just let him know that.

  6. realgone2 - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Ortiz is a hypocrite

  7. metitometin - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Are Chris Archer and the Rays for real? What a bunch of babies. Why are they so obsessed with the Red Sox? Sounds to me like they want to be respected but you can’t be respected if you’ve never won anything. It’s not the Red Sox fault that half the fans at the Trop are Red Sox fans. Perhaps if the Rays built a real stadium one of these decades, they’ll get some real fans showing up again.

  8. booboo31 - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    I’m never on Papis side as he’s a bit of a baby himself but cry me a river Archer. I kind of found it satisfying and amusing of what Ortiz did

  9. eastcoastgambler - Jul 28, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    Maddon and Price may be the two biggest arrogant, self-righteous phonies in all of baseball. It’s a shame that this young man Archer has been influenced by these two. If you watch the whole video of his comments, he comes across as a whiny little puke. Like Price and Maddon, he is trying to use baseball’s “unwritten rules” to hide his own failures. Tampa needs to widen the doors to accomdate their fat heads. Look at how many times this little hypocritical jackass acted out on the mound in his short career. No doubt Ortiz’s antics aren’t always proper. The big difference is that Ortiz has earned everything he’s got by his performance over the years. He also should be allowed some leeway on this particular incident as a revenge factor on these whiny little pukes. Like the Red Sox from 1918 to 2003, these Rays have won nothing important. Arrogance and failure are now the current marks of the Rays. Until such time as they actually accomplish something significant, the words of these clowns carry zero weight.
    The Rays motto – “Together We Cry”.

  10. aroomadazda - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Archer doesn’t like it? Get him out. Simple as that.

  11. nikedunks13 - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Way off topic but does anyone remember how before any reports about Ortiz using PEDs came out he said anyone who tests positive should get a lifetime ban, then a couple years ago after Melky was suspended (and after his name was on that list of 103 players who tested positive in 03) he basically said 50 games was a fair suspension for testing positive? He was also a scrub before going to Boston which is probably when he started roiding it up

  12. nikedunks13 - Jul 28, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    And Ortiz is the last person who should be calling someone sensitive

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