S T. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier is “shocked to see what has happened” and finds the reaction “just hard to believe” when he picked up a dropped scouting card. of Toronto catcher Alejandro Kirk’s bracelet.
Kiermaier has reiterated before the end of Wednesday’s series that he had no bad intentions. He was called out by sliding home during the sixth inning of the Rays’ 6-4 win Monday night and saw a slip of paper next to him after the play. He casually picked it up and drove it back to the Tampa Bay dugout, where he discreetly handed it over to Paul Hoover, the club’s field coordinator.
Kiermaier thought the card was his scouting report.
“We’re making this too complex, ” Kiermaier said.“ I saw some words on it, just knowing it wasn’t mine, I didn’t look at it, I haven’t looked at it yet. I don’t even know what the hell he has. ”
“A couple seconds later I realized it wasn’t ours and at that point, I won’t return it, ” Kiermaier added.” I’m not going to walk to the other dugout or find another way. They can think what they want there, they have the right to an opinion, even though I’m over it. ‘
Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash apologized to Blue Jays management before Tuesday night’s game. Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said after the game that the problem was “water under the bridge.”
Kiermaier noted that his scout card came off while sliding to second base during a recent game against Detroit and that Tigers infielder Niko Goodrum tried to grab it, Kiermaier jokingly said, “You can’t have it.”
When asked if he had done something wrong, Kiermaier replied, “No.”
“I understand it’s easy to sit here knowing it’s your card, ” Kiermaier said.” At that point, I just ran over 360 feet (trying to score on an in-frame connection and a throwing error) and I’m sitting. there trying to process the play, thinking my scan report is on the ground, I just grab it and keep walking. Back trying to get defensive and catch my breath thinking it’s done and done. ”
There were no incidents in Tuesday’s game stemming from the situation.