Red Sox reliever Matt Albers ticked off Orioles fans and his former teammates on July 8 -- you know, Friday night fight night -- with a few furious fist-pumps while striking out four Orioles in two innings of garbage time.
Jeff Zrebiec of The Baltimore Sun reported that several Orioles told him afterward that they were more irritated with Albers for his on-mound theatrics and for allegedly hurling an expletive at the Baltimore dugout than they were at Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz for charging after Orioles closer Kevin Gregg.
Before Boston's 15-10 win on Monday night, Albers told WEEI’s Alex Speier that he understood their anger.
“I think maybe after the fact, I think I got maybe a little carried away. Maybe my emotions got the best of me a little bit,” the 28-year-old righty said. “I kind of figured that they weren’t too happy about it.”
Albers was a popular target of angry Orioles fans -- some dubbed him “Fat Albers” -- during his three years in Baltimore, but he has pitched well this season in Boston. He is 3-3 with a 2.37 ERA.
It’s understandable that Albers pitched like he had something to prove against the team that let him walk, but he said he contacted some of the former teammates that he showed up to apologize.
“Hopefully, that’s over with,” Albers said of the hostility between his current team and former team since that Friday night fight night.
*** This post has been updated since its first publication.