The card was removed from the bracelet of Blue Jays receiver Alejandro Kirk during a play in which Kiermaier was plaque tagged on a slide.
Although Kiermaier told reporters he did not look at him, Rays manager Kevin Cash told reporters Tuesday that he spoke about the incident to Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo, saying he was unaware of the situation and would talk to his players about it. .
Later Tuesday, after the Blue Jays beat the Rays, 4-2, to tie the series, Montoyo told reporters that Cash had indeed apologized to him before the game and that the whole situation was now “aqua under the bridge ”. He reiterated that the two managers are friends, then spoke of his club’s victory, which kept Toronto in second place in the American League wild card, a half a game ahead of the New York Yankees.
Asked about it ahead of Tuesday’s game, Kiermaier told SportsNet he didn’t realize it was the Blue Jays card when he picked it up. “I’ve never even watched it, I’ll say that,” he told the Canadian channel. “But at the same time, I’m not going to drop it or give it back. “
Since the incident happened during the game, he was captured by multiple media and the video shows that after being called in to end the round, Kiermaier handed the card to Paul Hoover, the coordinator of the game. Toronto major league field.
SportsNet reported that Toronto sent a bat boy to the shelter from the Rays to request the return of the card. Tampa Bay did not return the card, which likely included information about the Blue Jays’ plans to pitch at the Rays hitters.
While the Rays comfortably hold the top spot in the American League East, the Blue Jays are in a close battle with the Boston Red Sox and Yankees for one of those two reserved spots. It is therefore understandable to see their frustrations at such an event. On top of that, with the Rays and Blue Jays within miles of each other during spring training in the Tampa Bay area – then division enemies during the regular season – there is an obvious rivalry. .
That said, perhaps because they won on Tuesday, the rest of the Blue Jays seem to be content to talk about continuing the playoffs and moving Toronto towards the end of the season, rather than the data cards. Starter Alek Manoah – who won his seventh game of the season, helping the Blue Jays improve to reach a major league record 16-4 in September – had a simple response when asked what message Toronto sent with this finish:
“We are here,” he said.
The series ends at Tropicana Field on Wednesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.