BOSTON (CBS) – The Red Sox ended a five game losing streak Sunday afternoon thanks in large part to David Ortiz’s three-run home run to right field in the top of the third inning off Rays pitcher Chris Archer.
The round-tripper came just one day after a fan interfered with a possible Ortiz home run, so after Sunday’s blast in the final contest of a three-game series, Big Papi put his exuberance on display by flipping his bat and “hotdogging” around the bases — two big no-no’s in the long list of baseball’s unwritten rules, although common behavior for the 38-year-old slugger.
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Rays pitcher Chris Archer took exception to Ortiz and instead of sending a message during the game, he delivered a statement following the contest to the assembled media, saying, “I don’t know what makes him think that he can showboat the way he does, and then nobody retaliates…He feels like he’s bigger than the game. He feels like the show is all about him.”
Like 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife, Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe found it ironic that Chris Archer would dare call out Ortiz for his antics. He joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Adam Jones and Dave Goucher Monday morning to explain.
“On the ‘David Ortiz Celebration Scale’ that was what? Maybe a 5 or a 6? He’s done a lot more than that. It didn’t seem like a big deal. Archer didn’t do anything the next at bat in terms of throwing at him, knocking him back or anything like that. And after the game here’s Chris Archer, who hasn’t even been in the big leagues a full season, lecturing Ortiz about how he should conduct himself.
“This is the same guy who once jumped off the mound kissing his bicep when he struck out Daniel Nava,” said Abraham. “More typical Red Sox-Rays silliness.”
The incident with Daniel Nava Abraham referenced came in June 2013 in the top of the fourth inning.
Boston and Tampa meet again next month starting Friday, August 29 for a four-game set at the Trop.
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