MLB: JUL 16 Red Sox at RaysChris Archer and David Ortiz have had a bit of a rivalry over the last year or so built around David Ortiz’ LOOK AT ME, DAMNIT! routine and Archer’s occasional spontaneous acts of celebration.

Well, after their most recent matchup on the field, Ortiz did something unexpected, saying something nice about Archer and seemingly putting an end to their back-and-forth bickering (via the Boston Herald).

“He’s a good kid. He’s a guy that, he has worked his way up to where he is right now. I’m happy for him. I’m not going to lie to you: I saw that coming. I knew he was going to come to be the stud that he is right now as a pitcher. And I turn the page. Whatever’s in the past is in the past.”

Awwwww, Kumbaya, Brother David. That’s sweet.

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  1. Dave L says:

    Yeah there is a term for this type of phony magnanimity, I forgot what it is. Danming with faint praise comes to mind but its not quite that.

    Its easy to say something nice about the young pitcher having a great year who you homered against in the last game. Easy to praise the pitcher who you own with a career .333 BA and 1.000+ career OPS.

    Translation:

    Yes hes actually a good guy and a good pitcher who I happened to kill in the last game and pretty much his whole young career for that matter, thats why I'm big Papi.

    If he went 0-4 the other day, you would not have heard these kind words.

    When Pedro was elected to the HOF he spent alot of time on MLB Network making the rounds on all the show and soaking up the genuflection from the industry.

    They asked him to name the toughest hitters he ever faced. He mentioned the great fellow HOF inductee Edgar Martinez and 2 other great players.

    What was the common thread? He owned these great hitters. Edgar squeaked out a lifetime .120 BA and a ,453 OPS against Pedro. If he said Bonds or Piazza he would have been more honest.

    These giant ego guys are all the same. Everything turns into look at me, sometimes you just dont realize it

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