Jul 11, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) looks on from the dugout during the second inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Part 2: Rays' Archer is Still Not Happy With David Ortiz

Grumpy Rays pitcher Chris Archer would like everyone to know that his grumpy comments about Red Sox DH David Ortiz are not because he’s grumpy.

For someone who’s not mad, he sure seems to have a plethora of thoughts to share on the subject.

After his tirade Sunday night, which was prompted by David Ortiz’s trademark bat flip after a home run that turned out to be the deciding factor in that game, Rays pitcher Chris Archer (who gave up the shot to Ortiz) apparently still wasn’t done talking about it.

From Monday night: “I never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat. I’m not comparing the two, but they’re obviously in the same class of players as far what they accomplished. I guess different people have different ways of reacting. That’s just who he is.”

But wait, there’s more!

“Do I regret saying the truth? No,” Archer said. “Agitated is not the right word. Angry is not the right word. He pimped a home run off me. Not mad, just speak the truth.”

Rays manager Joe Maddon, as he is prone to do, added his two cents, saying “The simple answer is, what if it had happened in the ’60s when (Bob) Gibson was pitching or (Don) Drysdale was pitching? That answers the question.”

As for David Ortiz, well, his response was typical David Ortiz.

“That’s what happens when you’re good, man. I don’t know what to tell you about it. I’ve been doing this for years. If you don’t like it, stay away. You’re not going to stop me doing what I do. I try not to stop anyone from doing what they do. … It’s part of the game. It is what it is.”

Feuds are what they are, and this one is sizzling enough to make the four-game Rays-Sox series at the end of August must-watch television, no matter how far the Red Sox continue to nosedive in the American League.


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