Opinions are all over the map following two controversial plays.
Blue Jays reliever Ryan Borucki hit Kevin Kiermaier with a fastball just in the numbers in the eighth inning of a Tampa blowout on Wednesday, two days after the Rays center fielder raised an eyebrow as he grabbed a Data card detached from receiver Alejandro Kirk’s bracelet.
Borucki claimed the ball slipped out of his hands on Wednesday, but the Rays did not accept it.
Sportsnet analyst and former Blue Jays manager Buck Martinez was also unimpressed, saying on the live show: “It’s not a good look at the Blue Jays for me. “
Another Sportsnet analyst and former major league infielder Kevin Barker saw it differently, saying Borucki’s field was needed.
“It was something that I thought should be done,” Barker said on Get started with Ziggy and Scotty Mac on Sportsnet 590 The Fan Thursday morning. “It’s just one of those things the Kiermaier comments on, basically telling a reporter (covering) the Toronto Blue Jays that… ‘yes I did (took the date card). There’s really nothing you’re going to do about it. ‘ That’s basically what he said without saying it.
Sportsnet game man Dan Shulman was also asked about the incident he called the Good show on The Fan Thursday.
“I’ll tell you, I’m generally not a fan of throwing baseballs at people to seek justice,” he said.
But Shulman understands why the Blue Jays maybe thought it was the right thing to do.
“If this is something the Blue Jays felt they needed to do to galvanize the team, to get revenge, then great. … For the moment, I understand why this is the greatest story there is.
Some of the best analysts in American baseball also had different opinions on the sequence of events.
As Wednesday marked the final game of the regular season between the two teams, the Jays and Rays could face each other in the playoffs if Toronto qualifies and wins the wildcard game.