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Rays pitcher David Price apologizes for twitter tantrum: ‘Just a very dark spot in my career’

10.07.13 at 5:09 pm ET
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Rays left-handers David Price apologized on Monday for the ill-tempered tweets he authored on Saturday night. (AP)

Rays left-handers David Price apologized on Monday for the ill-tempered tweets he authored on Saturday night. (AP)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Rays left-hander David Price, who vented via twitter after he yielded seven runs and took the loss in the Red Sox’ 7-4 triumph in Game 2 of the American League Division Series, spoke for approximately five minutes prior to Game 3 on Monday. He apologized to all whom he offended with his actions. Here are his complete remarks:

Opening statement:

“I’d like to start this by sending a deep apology to everyone who I affected through my actions after the game against Boston. It’s not the way anyone should handle themselves at anytime. It’s not the way, especially myself, should handle something of that nature. I’m a person, I feel like, who takes pride in character. That was probably the exact opposite of that. I hurt a lot of people, I embarrassed myself, I embarrassed my family, I embarrassed this organization. It’s not good. It’s not good for baseball. It’s not good for our team, especially at a time right now. I’m deeply sorry. I let my emotions completely take over this situation. I’ve never felt anything like that before in my life. I want to be big. I want to do great things for this team on that field, especially in moments like that. I feel like I let our organization down, I let my teammates down. That was just a very dark spot in my career up to this point. It doesn’t sit well with me. I know I’ve hurt a lot of people. That’s probably the worst part about it. I feel like I’m somebody who tries to treat people the same way they would treat me. I give people the benefit of the doubt. I didn’t do that.”

On when he realized that he’d made a mistake:

“Probably a couple minutes after I sent it. Honestly, I typed it in, I read it to myself a couple times. My emotions were just going so high. I knew that was nothing to tweet about. It should not have been tweeted. I knew that. I read it to myself a couple times and I still hit send. My emotions just completely took over the situation and it’s just no good. …

“I apologize. I apologize to all y’all. It makes you guys have to write about something that I know you guys don’t want to write about right now. This is something, this is a beautiful time for baseball. Whenever people are still playing in early October and late-October, it’s something that’s a very special time for this game. It’s a dark spot on it, and it’s all in the hands of myself. I take a tremendous amount of pride in the effort that I put forth every single day, whether I’m pitching that day or not. In the clubhouse, with my teammates, on the bench or in the weight room, I love what I do. I understand that baseball has made me really into the person that I am today. I do feel like I’m a good person. With the things that I said, after the game on Saturday, I know a lot of people have probably changed their views on the way they view me. That probably is what hurts the most.”

On who initiated the conversation between him and slugger David Ortiz on Sunday, after Price suggested that Ortiz needed to run around the bases after hitting his home runs instead of watching them at the plate:

“I did. I felt bad. I’ve got a tremendous amount of respect for that guy. I told him he’s the best DH to ever, ever set foot on this game. I don’t know if he’ll ever be matched, because what a DH has to go through and what they have to handle, it’s extremely tough. I don’t think a lot of people understand how hard the DH position really is. If they get out, they’ve got eight more outs to think about their next at-bat or to think about their last at-bat. They don’t get to go out into the field and make a good play and kind of erase their at-bat that way. It’s all predicated, what everyone talks about is done for them at the plate. They don’t get a chance to make up for their mistakes in the field or anywhere else.

“I reached out to him and I told him how much respect I have for him. He’s someone that’s always smiling, he’s always having a good time, he’s always there for his teammates. We’ve all seen that over the years. He takes the time for the little people. Every time he sees my little nephew, he takes the time to talk to him. Every time they’re in town here, he takes the time to go over to my parents and to speak to my mom and dad. It was just an extremely poor decision on my part. It stinks.”

On whether he plans to continue to use twitter:

“Absolutely. Twitter should be used for good. That wasn’t the right way to use it. Honestly, I feel like most of the time I do use twitter the right way. I know I’ve had my instances where I haven’t. It’s probably just emotional overflow. It really got the best of me the other night. Again, I apologize.”

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