He doesn’t have to sit, but his wallet will take a hit.
Rays lefthander David Price, who fired a 94 mile-per-hour fastball into the back of Big Papi at Fenway last Friday, was fined an undisclosed amount for hitting David Ortiz, according to the Globe’s Nick Cafardo.
According to an industry source, David Price was fined by MLB for his role in last Friday's Red Sox-Tampa Bay dust-up.
— Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) June 4, 2014
“First at-bat of the season against him, he drilled me,” Ortiz said after Friday’s 3-2 Red Sox win. “That’s means it’s a war. It’s on. Next time he hits me, he better bring the gloves on. I have no respect for him no more.”
Price responded to Papi’s declaration of “war” against him on Saturday.
“He was mad, so I get it,” Price said. “We all say stupid stuff when we’re mad. [I have] been there. I’m sure he probably wishes he wouldn’t have said some of the things he said. You can’t relate the game that we play to a war…
“Sometimes, the way [Ortiz] acts out there, he kind of looks like he’s bigger than the game. That’s not the way it is, not the way it goes. … Nobody’s bigger than the game of baseball. You ask pitchers from 10, 15, 20 years ago — that’s normal, part of the game.”
Major League Baseball yesterday suspended Red Sox starter Brandon Workman for six games for throwing a pitch in the head area of Rays third baseman Evan Longoria in retaliation for the Ortiz hit. The Sox righthander is appealing the suspension and was also fined an undisclosed amount.
Ortiz was not happy with the ruling on Workman and continued to voice his unhappiness with Price in Cleveland on Tuesday.
“He started everything up and we’ve got to pay for it basically,” Ortiz said. “Is that the message that I’m getting right? So I don’t have any answer about that, but it’s like I say man, way too much evidence now that he hit me on purpose, and the funny thing is that we are the ones getting fines, suspensions, and all kinds of stuff, I guess the rules aren’t for everyone.”