HOUSTON (AP) — A day after Houston outfielder Jose Siri called his bat flip home run celebration told the New York Mets “a mistake,” he appeared to come back on Wednesday with a profane tweet that was later deleted.
While the incident was not addressed directly, Siri’s tweet said, “(expletive) bad opinions. have fun.” It was quickly removed for Wednesday’s game.
Houston led 7-2 in the eighth inning against the Mets on Tuesday when Siri hit an 0-for-10 slump with a solo homer on the train tracks over left field in Minute Maid Park. He flipped his bat and admired the shot for a few seconds before trotting to first base, a sequence manager Dusty Baker wasn’t happy about.
“He should have run,” Baker said after the game. “In the past, the next man would have been drilled.”
Siri was asked about the incident after the game and appeared remorseful.
“I know I made a mistake there,” Siri said through a translator on Tuesday evening. “I spoke to some of our guys and yes, I just made a mistake.”
Siri declined interview requests after Houston’s 5-3 win on Wednesday, but Baker responded.
“That’s kind of in the past,” he said. “You can’t help it when people tweet. He has to be careful when you push that button. We were warned about that during spring training. Make sure that’s what you want to say when you press a button.”
He was then asked if Siri would receive any discipline for the tweet.
“I haven’t heard anything about it since,” he said. “That’s part of America now and part of the youth. So I’m just glad I don’t pay attention to it or stick to it.”
New York third baseman Eduardo Escobar said something to Siri as he rounded third base after the homer and catcher Martín Maldonado talked to Escobar for a while when Escobar came to bat in the ninth inning.
Siri said he didn’t know what Escobar was saying to him.
“I really couldn’t hear anything,” he said. “I was just running.”
Mets manager Buck Showalter said some of his players were upset by Siri’s actions, but many of them were unfazed.
“There are certain things you talk about — good and evil — but you don’t want to impose the way you were raised in the game (on them),” Showalter said. (Like) ‘hey, guys, you should be mad at that.'”
Showalter added that a player’s teammates will often check things like this, but there is a surefire way to prevent it.
“The way you prevent it from happening (is) also don’t let him hit a ball over the fence,” Showalter said.
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