BOSTON – Rays left-hander David Price said he was not surprised by comments from the Red Sox after he hit David Ortiz and Mike Carp with pitches in Friday’s game at Fenway Park, a 3-2 Sox win in 10 innings.
“Not one bit,” Price told the Tampa Bay Times.
“For as many people as I quote-unquote lost respect [from], I gained respect from a lot more people,” Price said. “And I know that’s a fact.”
After the game on Friday, Ortiz declared it would be a “war” with the Rays now. Price said the only thing that bothered him was that particular reference.
"He was mad, I get it," Price said. "You say stupid stuff when you're mad. Been there, I'm sure.
“He probably wishes he didn’t say some of the things he said. You can't relate the game we play to a war. Kellen Winslow got a lot of crap for saying he was a soldier. No you're not a soldier. This is not war. We have troops fighting for us that are in a war. It's not a good comparison.
"Nobody is bigger than the game of baseball," Price said. "You ask pitchers who pitched in the game 10-15-20 years ago, that’s normal. That’s part of the game."
Price did acknowledge he felt bad about also hitting Mike Carp with a pitch in the fourth inning, saying he was trying to get a fastball inside.
Price said he has no plans to talk with Ortiz about the situation.
"We don't have anything to talk about,” he said.