By now, we're all very familiar with the complaints registered by Tampa Bay's Chris Archer about David Ortiz admiring his three-run homer on Sunday. For those of you who missed it, or don't want to click the link, here's what he had to say . . .
“I think it was a perfect example of what [David] Price said. All my interactions with [Ortiz] off the field have been good, but when it comes to him on the field, I don't know what makes him feel he can showboat the way he does and then nobody retaliate, nobody look at him a funny way or nobody pitch him inside . . . I don't know why he feels like that, but obviously he feels the way [Price] said he does. He feels like he's bigger than the game. He feels like the show is all about him."
The Price reference, of course, was to the Tampa Bay left-hander's ire at Ortiz' slow run about the bases after his second homer in Game 2 of the ALDS last year, and Price then drilling Ortiz in their first meeting of 2014. Afterwards, Price issued the complaints about Ortiz that Archer echoed Sunday.
Then Rays manager Joe Maddon piled on a bit:
"[Ortiz] played it up pretty good. The man has meant so much for the game and also back in his country (the Dominican Republic), but there's those moments that occur like that. I'm not saying that my respect diminished, it's just something that makes you think a little bit more."
So the Rays don't like Ortiz. Fine. They think he doesn't respect the game, Okay. They'd rather he be humble and respectful, like them. Got it.
June 12, 2013. Archer is facing Daniel Nava -- who'd homered off him earlier in the game -- with the bases loaded in the fourth inning. Archer gets Nava swinging on a 3-and-2 pitch for the third out, and proceeds to:
1. Leap off the mound
2. Punch the air with his right fist
3. Skip toward his dugout
4. Stare down Nava, and
5. Kiss his right bicep
Come on, Ortiz. Stop with the showboating. Respect the game and the opponents. Play the game the Tampa Bay way.