Kiermeyer’s provocation. Let’s meet in the fall of Toronto
“I hope to meet Toronto in the fall. I really want to face them.”
Kevin Kiermeier (31, Tampa Bay Race), who was hit by a retaliatory pitch, provoked the Toronto Blue Jays. It is an attitude that does not care even after providing an excuse for retaliation and bench-clearing.
It was the day of the festival when Tampa Bay wrote a new history. Tampa Bay won 7-1 against the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2021 Major League at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida, on the 23rd (Korea Standard Time). Tampa Bay, the leader of the American League East, confirmed autumn baseball for the first time in a row for the third consecutive year with 94 wins and 59 losses in the season.
There was a commotion in the bottom of the eighth inning just before the shooting. Toronto pitcher Ryan Borucki intentionally threw the ball to Kiermeier’s back when leadoff hitter Kiermeier was at-bat. Kiermeyer walked out to first base claiming retaliation, and players from Tampa Bay and Toronto benches came out and bench-cleared took place. There was no fierce physical fight. The situation ended with Toronto pitching coach Borookie and Pete Walker leaving.
There was a reason Toronto caused a commotion. On the 21st, when the first game of the series was held, Kiermeyer and Toronto catcher Alejandro Kirk collided during the game, when Kiermeyer picked up a note from Kirk’s armband and returned to the dugout. The note contained Toronto’s pitching plan. He absurdly handed over the confidential information to the opposing team, but Kiermeyer did not return the note until the end. A day later, Tampa Bay coach Kevin Cash apologized on the 22nd, but Toronto was not relieved. On the 23rd, when the final game of this season was played, Toronto eventually responded by throwing a retaliatory pitch to Kiermeyer.
Kiermeyer claimed in a video interview after the game that he intended to pitch Borukkii. He hoped to meet Toronto in the postseason. “I really look forward to facing Toronto,” he said.
Boruki claimed that the ball was simply missing without intention. He said, “The ball slipped out of my hand, and it was an accident that hit him. Tampa Bay players can think in the direction they want in the locker room, but this is true, he stressed.
Toronto coach Charlie Montoyo also stressed that it was not a retaliatory pitch. Coach Montoyo said, “We didn’t want to use another pitcher (at the expense of Boruki). That’s why coach Walker is excited. The ball fell out of Boruki’s hand and became a walk. But I also understand what the situation would have looked like. There has been a story over the past two days that Tampa Bay and referees can fully think of that, he said.