From first baseman Carlos Pena:
“We stand by each other, support each other. I thought the play was dirty, so we were all there for [Luke Scott], that’s what it boils down to.
You were going at it with Sox pitching coach Bob McClure?
“When you’re in the heat of the whole entire situation, things just happen. Right now if you ask me what was going on, I can’t go back and remember. They’re standing for what they believe in, and we’re standing for what we believe in, and that’s fine. That’s just baseball, that’s the way it goes. Sometimes things get out of control because we’re so competitive out there. We look out for each other. In a way it’s a good thing, it’s just unfortunate it needs it escalate to that point.”
Rays manager Joe Maddon accused the Red Sox of starting it. Do you believe that?
“I stand behind Joe. I’m not one to start making comments.”
What did you see?
“We saw one behind his back, another close almost hit him, and the last one hits him. Our whole dugout knew it was coming, so when it actually happened you’re like there it is, what other proof do you need? He goes out there and gets two quick outs, throws strikes, and all of a sudden he can’t find the strike zone? We just thought it was dirty.”
Once order on the field was restored and the teams were returning to their dugouts, Rays center fielder B.J. Upton engaged in a verbal altercation with a male fan. Upton explains:
“He said something about [Rays pitcher David Price], definitely not suitable for TV, I didn’t like it. You know what, I don’t have a problem with fans heckling and all that, but I think sometimes they can cross the line, and I felt like he did, and I kind of lost my cool. I think the people that have been around me know that it’s tough for me to get there, but he sent me there tonight.”
Were the fan’s comments racial?
“Um, I don’t know. It’s over with.”
Will there be any kind of carryover?
“No, not that I know of. Tonight’s over, hopefully both sides will move on.”
Did you expect anything to happen in the ninth inning?
“No, there was no reason to. I don’t know what the thinking was behind it. You know what, balls can get away from guys, so I can’t really say.”