Chris Archer is unhappy David Ortiz admired his three-run home run

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The Rays and Red Sox haven’t exactly been buddy-buddy this season. On May 25, the two teams were combatants in a benches-clearing brawl, as the Red Sox didn’t enjoy Yunel Escobar stealing third base with a five-run lead in the seventh inning. The next weekend, the AL East rivals had a beanball war which forced the Red Sox to go four-deep on their manager depth chart.

Here’s some more fuel to the fire. Red Sox DH David Ortiz belted a three-run home run in the top of the third inning off of Rays starter Chris Archer, giving the Sox a 3-0 lead. Ortiz, as he often does, admired his handiwork before jogging around the bases. Watch the homer:

After the game, Archer expressed displeasure with Ortiz’s self-admiration:

Ortiz fired back:

Tom Ricketts says the Cubs don’t have any more money

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Cubs owner Tom Ricketts met the media in Mesa, Arizona today and said a couple of things that were fun.

First, he addressed the controversy that arose earlier this month when emails of his father’s — family patriarch Joe Ricketts — were leaked, showing him forwarding and approvingly commenting on racist jokes. Ricketts apologized for those serving as a “distraction” for the Cubs which, OK. He also said “Those aren’t the values our family was raised with… I never heard my father say anything remotely racist.” If you choose to believe that a 77-year-old conservative guy who loves racist emails — who once spearheaded an anti-Obama ad campaign that required a “literate African-American” as its spokesman — hasn’t said racist stuff a-plenty, that’s between you and your credulity.

More relevant to the 2019 Cubs is this:

The Cubs aren’t in the same position as some other contenders in that (a) they don’t have a cheap payroll; and (b) are not obvious candidates for the big free agents like Harper or Machado, but I still find that comment pretty rich for an owner of one of baseball’s marquee franchises in a non-salary cap league. If nothing else, it’s an admission by Ricketts that he, like the other owners, consider the Luxury Tax to be a defacto salary cap.