David Ortiz on David Price: ‘I have no respect for him no more’
|05.30.14 at 11:58 pm ET|
After being hit by the Tampa Bay lefty with a first-pitch fastball in the first inning of what resulted in a 3-2, 10-inning Red Sox win over the Rays Friday night, Ortiz let loose when asked about Price.
“I have a lot of respect of the guy, man, but it’s over. I have no more respect for him,” Ortiz said. “Last year we kick his ass in the playoffs, he went off, talking shit 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. So first at-bat of the season against him he threw at me. I mean, 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.”
Ortiz was referencing the fall-out following the Sox’ designated hitter’s two-home run game against Price in Game 2 of last season’s American League Division Series.
“I was going to let him know. I respect everybody in this league and I get the same respect from everybody,” Ortiz said. “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.”
After Ortiz was plunked by Price, both the Red Sox and Rays were issued warnings by home plate umpire Dan Bellino. Red Sox manager John Farrell was subsequently ejected from the game after disputing the warnings.
Later, in the fourth inning, the benches cleared when Price hit Mike Carp. After the umpiring crew decided not to toss Price, Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo became the second member of the Sox’ coaching staff to be ejected.
Red Sox starter Brandon Workman and third base coach Brian Butterfield ‘ who was serving as the host’s manager after the Lovullo ejection — would be the final two members of the Red Sox to be thrown out, getting ejected after Workman threw behind Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria in the sixth inning.
Ortiz enacted some revenge in the fifth inning, singling in the Sox’ first run against Price with Xander Bogaerts on second base.
“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,” Ortiz said. “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.”
When asked Price said anything to him, the Sox DH said, “Nothing. He knows he screwed up. He did that on his own. No manager say anything to him. No player was comfortable with the situation. He did that on his own, which is bullshit. He can’t get somebody out, he can’t be doing that [expletive].”
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