HOUSTON ( Associated Press) — Houston Astros outfielder Jose Siri said his home celebratory gesture against the New York Mets was “a mistake,” a day after he hit back on Wednesday with a derogatory tweet that was later deleted was.
While he didn’t directly address the incident, Siri’s tweet read, “(outrageous) bad review, have fun.” The tweet was deleted ahead of Wednesday’s game.
Houston took a 7-2 lead in eighth place against the Mets on Tuesday when Siri broke a 0-hit-in-10-game slump with a single homer from a left-field wall at Minute Maid Park. The Dominican dropped the bat vigorously and admired his hit for a few moments before jogging to first base. Astros manager Dusty Baker later expressed outrage.
“He should have run,” Baker said after the game. “In our day, the next batsman would have hit.”
Siri was asked about the incident after the match and he appeared to be remorseful.
“I know I made a mistake in that,” Siri said on Tuesday. “I talked to a few people and yes, I was wrong.”
Mets third baseman Eduardo Escobar said something to Siri after passing through base and the home run.
Siri says she doesn’t know what Escobar told her.
“I couldn’t really hear anything,” he said. “I was running”.
Mets manager Buck Showalter said some of his players were upset by Siri’s gestures, but many didn’t care.
Showalter said player teammates often deal with things like this, but there’s only one surefire way to prevent it.
“The way you stop that from happening is by not letting the ball hit the fence,” Showalter said.