St. Petersburg, FL -- The Rays didn't seem angry or upset about David Ortiz on Monday, and his showboating antics after a three-run homer on Sunday that won the game for the Red Sox.
But they all had strong opinions. And Chris Archer refused to back down from his comments after the game.
"Do I regret saying the truth? No," Archer said. "'Agitated' is not right word. 'Angry' is not the right word. He pimped a home run off me. Not mad, just speak the truth."
Relief pitcher Joel Peralta, who was just activated off the disabled list, is a friend of Ortiz. He's seen Big Papi do this before.
"I don't think he did it to us, I think he did it to the team," said Peralta. "It's partly because of what we have going on in the past. But I don't think it's the right thing to do."
Starter Alex Cobb agrees with fans, who think it's entertaining.
"Absolutely, it is, absolutely," said Cobb. "It's fun to watch. ... America loves drama. ... This brings it to the table."
David Price, who got it started with Ortiz earlier in the season, thinks it's all part of his act.
"He's got a TV show, he's got a lot going on outside of baseball," said Price. "I get it, he wants to be marketable ... If that's the way he feels, if being marketable is going to get him more fans ... More views on YouTube, I understand it."
"I never saw Hank Aaron flip his bat," Archer said Monday. "I'm not comparing the two, but they're obviously in the same class of players as far what they accomplished."
The Rays will host the Red Sox over Labor Day weekend, then travel to Boston in the final road trip of the season, beginning Sept. 23.