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Chris Archer, David Price fire back at David Ortiz (again)

07.28.14 at 9:45 pm ET
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You didn’t expect the feud between David Ortiz and the Rays to die down just because the Red Sox left Florida, did you?

Ortiz had responded to Chris Archer‘s criticism of the designated hitter flipping his bat after hitting a home run Sunday afternoon, saying the pitcher was, “not the right guy to be saying that. I don’t think, you know, you got two days in the league, you can’t be just [whining] and complaining about [things] like that.”

On Monday, both Archer and his teammate (and fellow Ortiz nemesis) David Price fired back when talking to reporters.

First, Archer:

“I mean, I’ve gotten excited before, and they blow that out of proportion, too, saying that I kissed my bicep. Man, but honestly, I was in the infant stages of my career there — that was literally, like, my fifth start of my career. People say, ‘You should act like you’ve been there before.’ At that time in my career, I had never been there.

“I think we all know that’s how he plays the game. I don’t take back what I said, but what I said was true. I never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat — I’m not comparing the two, but they’re obviously in the same class of player as far as what they’ve accomplished. But I guess different people have different ways of reacting, and that’s just who he is, how he plays the game. I’m not mad, just speaking the truth.

“It’s just a game, man. All this is completely blown out of proportion. I just said the truth, man. You can ask anybody. If they’re going to be honest, they’re going to tell you how they feel. If they want to say the politically correct thing, they may not say exactly how they feel.”

Also responding to reporters Monday was Price, who had a dust-up with Ortiz earlier in the season.

“[Archer] said what he needed to say,” the pitcher said. “He handled it extremely well — I wish I would have handled it that well.

“Everybody sees the same thing. Like Archer said, him and Big Papi’s conversations have been great. Same with me. Whenever you have conversations the way that [Ortiz] has them with people, you think he has respect for you. Doesn’t look that way.”

Price added regarding Ortiz, “That’s how he is, though. If anything ever happens, he wants to be on everybody’s good side. That’s why he does what he does — and everybody knows that. We’re not worried about that.”

The Tampa Bay ace also reiterated the support Archer received from others. “Not just in here — that’s around baseball,” Price said. “I’m sure he’s got texts.”

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