Wednesday, April 23, 2014
David Price was a little steamed after giving up seven runs in Tampa Bay's loss to the Red Sox Saturday in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.
First he complained about David Ortiz taking to mush time to admire the home run he hit off Price in the eighth inning.
Then he fired back at two TBA analysts (former MLB pitcher Dirk Hayhurst and Sports Illustrated writer Tom Verducci) who had criticized Price's performance. Price used his Twitter account to get back.
"Dirk Hayhurst ...COULDN'T hack it ...Tom Verducci wasn't even a water boy in high school...but yet they can still bash a player...SAVE IT NERDS."
Price, according to Ortiz, later talked with him and the two sorted things out.
Price also 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."
Rays manager Joe Maddon said his organization now has another lesson to teach before the season.
"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," Maddon said.
":I think David did the right thing after he had done the wrong thing. And I believe in the future you're going to see better judgment."
Today's Tampa Bay starter, Alex Cobb, is a native of North Reading, Mass. Although he left when he was two, the family returned every summer and a trip to Fenway was a must. But when Cobb was drafted by the Rays, he learn about Tampa Bay's attitude toward its rival in New England.
"As you grow up in the Rays system, you're kind of bred to hate the Red Sox," Cobb told the Lawrence Eagle Tribune in a story last year. "You do slowly convert to (being) a Rays fan."
Cobb spoke more on Sunday about facing the Red Sox, and his own comeback from a brutal line drive to the head this year.
Both Cobb and Boston's Clay Buchholz are coming back from mid-season trials. See today's column.
And for an advance to tonight's game, see our story in the Press Herald.
And speaking of Twitter, follow @ClearTheBases You won't find any name-calling there.
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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