After calling out Red Sox slugger David Ortiz for admiring one of his two home runs last night and then taking to Twitter to beef with a pair of TBS analysts, David Price had some fences to mend.
Upset with Oritz staring long and hard at the eighth-inning home run he hit in the Red Sox’ 7-4 Game 2 win over the Rays, Price said, “He steps in the bucket and hits a homer, and he stares at it to see if it’s fair or foul, I’m sure that’s what he would say. But as soon as he hit it and I saw it I knew it was fair. Run.”
But after the Sox off-day workout at Tropicana Field on Sunday, Ortiz said the two had a chance to clear the air.
“It’s over,” Ortiz said. “We straightened things out. I have a lot of respect for David and he has the same for me. I’m not going to make a big deal out of this. I understand his frustration.
“He’s a good pitcher. He’s a guy that wants to see results every time we go out there. Sometimes things get out of hand. When you don’t see those results, you feel sometimes frustrated about them. But everything’s fine.”
There was still the matter of the comments Price aimed via Twitter at TBS analysts Dirk Hayhurst, who pitched for two seasons with the Padres and Blue Jays, and Tom Verducci, a long-time baseball scribe for Sports Illustrated.
“Dirk Hayhurst…COULDNT hack it,” Price wrote. “Tom Verducci wasn’t even a water boy in high school…but yet they can still bash a player…SAVE IT NERDS.”
Although he didn’t speak to media Sunday, in the end, Price tweeted an apology.
Last night got out of hand and I apologize for the things that I said on here…if I offended you I am very sorry for doing so…#thatsnotme
— David Price (@DAVIDprice14) October 6, 2013
Rays manager Joe Maddon weighed in on both Ortiz’s home-run trot and Price’s social media purge.
“There’s been times that teams have accused us of doing the same thing after a home run,” Maddon said. “I know pitchers can definitely be put off by that particular moment, and I’ve never been a Major League pitcher, so I don’t know how that feels.
“From my perspective, I don’t even look at that stuff. So I think it’s more of a personal thing from the pitcher’s perspective.”
Maddon said he tries not to police what his players do on social media.
“Whether it’s a physical mistake, a mental mistake we make in the game or away from the game, hopefully we learn from these things,” Maddon said.
“So I think that one of my first thoughts was, next Spring Training when we have our media training, you’re going to see this as a perfect example of what not to do.
“That was my first thought when I heard about all this. Again, in the real world, in the bigger picture, it really doesn’t mean a whole lot. But I think that on a personal level the fact that he did something wrong, even more importantly that he corrected it, I think is even more important.”