Someone get Colby Lewis on the phone, it appears another unwritten baseball rule may have been broken. The latest instance of a player complaining about the actions of another comes from Tampa Bay where Chris Archer took exception with David Ortiz's home run trot.
Let's start from the beginning. With Archer pitching, Ortiz hit a long three-run home run in the top of the third inning on Sunday. Ortiz flipped his bat and watched the ball fly out from the batters box before starting a slow home run trot that included a little extra flair around the bases.
"Thanks, bat. Now take a break while I go for a jog." - @davidortiz: http://t.co/veQSY9KXz2 http://t.co/jndl1nkEHQ— MLB (@MLB) July 27, 2014
Archer was not a fan of the slow trot and criticized the Red Sox's designated hitter after the game.
#rays Archer said Ortiz HR trot is "perfect example" of when Price said Ortiz feels he's "bigger than the game."— RMooneyTBO (@RMooneyTBO) July 27, 2014
#rays Archer said Ortiz "feels the show is all about him."— RMooneyTBO (@RMooneyTBO) July 27, 2014
This is not the first time a Rays pitcher has taken issue with Ortiz. David Price aired his thoughts on Ortiz's actions in May. Ortiz shrugged off the latest complaint.
Ortiz: "Players today are too sensitive. I'll leave it at that."— Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) July 27, 2014
He did not take the opportunity to call the pot out on calling the kettle black. It's not as if Archer has ever celebrated in exuberant fashion against the Red Sox. Nope, he's never kissed his bicep while staring down a batter he struck out. Oh wait ... he did exactly that.