ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays heart fielder Kevin Kiermaier is “shocked to see what has transpired” and finds response “simply laborious to imagine” to his scooping up a scouting a card that fell out of Toronto catcher Alejandro Kirk’s wristband.
Kiermaier reiterated earlier than Wednesday’s sequence finale that he had no dangerous intentions. The speedster was known as out sliding into residence throughout the sixth inning of the Rays’ 6-4 win Monday night time and noticed a strip of paper mendacity subsequent to him after the play. He casually picked it up and took it again to Tampa Bay’s dugout, the place he discreetly handed it to Paul Hoover, the membership’s subject coordinator.
Kiermaier thought the cardboard was his scouting report.
“We’re making this fashion too complicated,” Kiermaier mentioned. “I noticed just a few phrases on it, simply understanding it wasn’t mine I did not take a look at it, nonetheless have not checked out it. Do not even know what the heck is on it.”
“A pair seconds after I noticed it wasn’t ours and at that time, I’m not giving it again,” Kiermaier added. “I’m not going to stroll to the opposite dugout or discover one other means. They will assume no matter they need over there, they’re entitled to an opinion, I’m over it, although.”
Tampa Bay supervisor Kevin Money apologized to Blue Jays administration earlier than Tuesday night time’s recreation. Toronto supervisor Charlie Montoyo mentioned postgame that the problem was “agua underneath the bridge.”
Kiermaier identified his scouting card got here out whereas sliding into second base throughout a current recreation in opposition to Detroit and Tigers infielder Niko Goodrum tried grabbing it, Kiermaier jokingly put his foot on it and mentioned “you possibly can’t have it.”
When requested if he did something fallacious, Kiermaier replied: “No.”
“It’s straightforward to sit down right here after the very fact understanding it’s their card, I perceive,” Kiermaier mentioned. “At that second I simply ran 360 feet-plus (making an attempt to attain on an infield hit and throwing error) and I’m sitting there making an attempt to course of the play, considering my scouting report is on the bottom, grabbing it, simply strolling again making an attempt to go on the market on protection and catch my breath considering it’s finished and over with.”
There have been no incidents in Tuesday’s recreation stemming from the state of affairs.
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