The Toronto Blue Jays weren’t happy when Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier nabbed a data card that fell loose from Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk’s wristband after a play at the plate on Monday. Kiermaier took the card back to the dugout, and it wasn’t given back when Toronto sent a bat boy to retrieve it.
Kiermaier and Rays manager Kevin Cash both initially claimed ignorance of the situation, but it seems things have been smoothed over between the two clubs. Cash went to Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo to apologize for what happened, and Montoyo says it’s all “agua under the bridge now” and that it’s time to move on, per ESPN.
While this had to be frustrating for the Blue Jays, they certainly have bigger things to worry about right now. They’re currently in the thick of a playoff chase and battling with two other teams from the AL East. The Boston Red Sox currently hold the first AL Wild Card spot, but Toronto is just 1.5 games behind. The New York Yankees are a half-game behind the Blue Jays for that second Al Wild Card spot, so things are intense right now in the final weeks of the 2021 MLB season.
Toronto surely could have some concerns about Tampa using that card to its advantage in the series finale on Wednesday, and perhaps in a potential playoff meeting down the line. But the Blue Jays can’t dwell on it. As Montoyo says, it needs to be “agua under the bridge” as the team focuses on trying to secure this postseason berth.
As for the Rays, they’re comfortably in first place in the AL East with a six-game lead over Boston. Tampa is in line to clinch the division any day now as the regular season comes to a close.