To say David Ortiz was angry with David Price after Friday night’s game would be an understatement. Ortiz was plunked by a pitch in the first inning of the Red Sox 3-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night and after the game, the designated hitter ripped Price.
“I have a lot of respect of the guy, man, but it’s over,” said Ortiz. “I have no more respect for him. Last year we kick his a** in the playoffs, he went off, talking s*** about everybody, Tom Verducci and everybody. Players. We kind of got to talk on the phone. We kind of straightened things out. He was kind of upset. Me as a veteran I kind of let him know how things go in this game. Later on he called me and apologized because he knows he was wrong. He apologized in public. He apologized to myself. Everything was cool.”
The Ortiz-Price beef goes back to last postseason. Ortiz hit two home runs off of Price in game two of the American League Divisional Series. Price didn’t take kindly to Ortiz strolling around the bases after his second home run. After Friday night’s game, Ortiz made it known to the media that they will not be making up anytime soon.
“I was going to let him know,” Ortiz said. “I respect everybody in this league and I get the same respect from everybody. If you’re mad because I take you deep twice, let me let you know, I have almost 500 homers in this league. It’s part of the game, son. “I was surprised for a minute until I watched the video. I thought everything was cool. You can’t be acting like a little girl out there. You aren’t going to win every time. When you give it up, that’s an experience for the next time. But when you’re to be acting like a little bitch every time you give it up, bounce back like that and put your teammates in jeopardy, that’s going to cost you. It’s a war, It’s on. Next time he hits me he better bring the gloves. I have no respect for him no more.”
Four batters ended up getting plunked on Friday night. Red Sox manager John Farrell, bench coach Torey Lovullo, starting pitcher Brandon Workman, and third base coach Brian Butterfield were all ejected. Somehow after hitting multiple batters, Price managed to stay in the game for seven innings, giving up just two runs on six hits.
After the game, Price talked to the Tampa Tribune and defended his actions.
“I’ve got to establish my fastball in,” Price said. “I had six lefties in that lineup. That’s my favorite side of the plate to go to. So I’ve got to establish in there.”
With both the Red Sox and Rays at the bottom of the AL East, they both have to be frustrated with their play thus far. We will see if this hostility carries over into the remaining 11 games they have left against one another.