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Indians Santana Fires Back at Phillies Arrieta Following Harsh Comments

It sounds like Indians 1B Carlos Santana and Phillies pitcher Jake Arrieta won’t be sharing Christmas cards this upcoming holiday season.

Seems that Arrieta, who was a teammate of Santana’s in 2018, can’t keep his mouth shut about the reported incident where Santana smashed a TV after he felt the team was a little too focused on video games and not on the task at hand.

Arrieta Sunday before the final game of the season for the Phillies took a shot at Santana, who was in D.C. wrapping up the season for the Tribe against the Nationals.

“Why was it better without Santana, we had better guys in the clubhouse,” Arrieta told the Philly Inquirer.

“That’s it, a lot more veteran presence.”

Santana got wind of the comments and has fired back, coming at Arrieta on twitter in a post Thursday evening.

Seems that Santana, who just had his best season at the plate in a place he loves, is better at taking the high road than Arrieta, who was a very average 8-8 with a 4.64 ERA this past season in Philadelphia.

It will be interesting to see if the 33-year-old pitcher comes back at Santana, or simply lets the feud die as it should have before the start of the season.

Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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