HOUSTON (AP) — A day after Houston outfielder Jose Siri called his home run celebration against the New York Mets a “mistake,” he seemingly backtracked on Wednesday with a profane tweet that went on to been deleted.
Without directly addressing the incident, Siri’s tweet read, “(expletive) bad opinions. having fun.” It was quickly deleted ahead of Wednesday’s game.
Houston was leading 7-2 in the eighth inning against the Mets on Tuesday when Siri recorded an 0-for-10 drop with a solo homer to the tracks over left field at Minute Maid Park. He flipped his bat and admired the shot for several seconds before going to first base, a streak responsible Dusty Baker was not happy with.
“He should have run,” Baker said after the game. “In our time, the next guy would have been drilled.”
Siri was asked about the incident after the game and seemed contrite.
“I know I made a mistake there,” Siri said Tuesday night through a translator. “I spoke to some of our guys and, yeah, I just made a mistake.”
New York third baseman Eduardo Escobar said something to Siri as he rounded third base after the home run, and catcher Martín Maldonado talked to Escobar for quite a while when Escobar came up to bat in the ninth round.
Siri said he didn’t know what Escobar told him.
“I really didn’t hear anything,” he said. “I was just running.”
Mets manager Buck Showalter said some of his players were upset with Siri’s actions, but many were unfazed.
“There are certain things you talk about – good and bad – but you don’t want to impose on them the way you were brought up in the game,” Showalter said. “(Like) ‘hey, guys, you’re supposed to be mad at this.’”
Showalter added that a player’s teammates often control this stuff, but there is a sure way to prevent it.
“The way you keep it from happening (is) don’t let it hit a ball over the fence either,” Showalter said.
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