|David Ortiz on ‘bigger than the game’ comments: ‘Who’s David Price?’||06.04.14 at 8:31 pm ET|
Following the incident in which Price hit Ortiz with a first-inning fastball, the Tampa Bay ace went on the Fox television broadcast and said, “Nobody is bigger than the game of baseball, and sometimes the way he acts out there, he kind of looks like he’s bigger than the game of baseball. That’s not the way it is, that’s not the way it goes.”
It was a claim Ortiz continues to take particular issue with. (To listen to the audio, click here.)
“That ain’t me. I never overlook the game, you know? There’s never going to be a player bigger than the game,” the DH told WEEI.com prior to the Red Sox‘ series finale against the Indians. “It doesn’t matter if you act like it, if you think you are or if people think that you are. It’s not true. Bigger than the game, nobody’s ever going to be. Know why? Because you come in, you play, you leave and the game continues.
“The one thing I can tell you about when he says that is he’s just trying to look for an excuse to get out of it. That’s a dumb-ass excuse, because whoever knows me knows I never act like I’m bigger than the game ever. He just doesn’t understand that he’s not going to win all the time. He’s carried that since last year when we whupped his ass. … It’s too bad that MLB sees the way he talked the day that he hit me and the way that he talked the next day and they still haven’t followed up with the rules. He basically said that he hit me on purpose, but I’m over that. I don’t really care about what he said. Who gives a [expletive]? Who is David Price? I don’t really care. I’m going to continue with what I do. Like it or not, it is what it is.
“I respect the game. I don’t think there’s a player in the game that can ever be bigger than the game. We’ve got guys that have done a lot of good things for the game, have put up crazy numbers, but we don’t give life to the game; the game gives us life. That’s why you’re never going to be bigger than the game.”
|David Ortiz on David Price: ‘I guess the rules are not for everyone’||06.03.14 at 4:47 pm ET|
Predictably, David Ortiz was not happy to learn that Brandon Workman was suspended for throwing at Evan Longoria while David Price skated after starting last Friday’s fracas with what the Boston designated hitter called “some punk-ass [expletive].”
After Price, who has a history with Ortiz dating back to last season’s ALDS, plunked Ortiz in the first inning and hit Mike Carp in the fourth, warnings were issued to both teams. Workman missed behind the head of Longoria in the sixth inning, resulting in his ejection.
Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Ortiz was heated at the lack of discipline for Price.
“I don’t even know what to say, you know? I mean, he started everything up and we’ve got to pay for it, basically,” Ortiz said. “That’s the message that I’m getting, right? I don’t have any answer about that, but it’s like I say, way too much evidence now that he hit me on purpose, and the funny thing is that we are the ones that are getting fines, suspensions, all kind of stuff. I guess the rules are not for everyone.”
Price said prior to Saturday’s game that Ortiz acts like he’s “bigger than the game of baseball.” Ortiz disagreed with that, and he also was irritated that Price still harbored animosity toward him over Game 2 of the ALDS, in which Price felt Ortiz looked at one of his home runs a little too long.
“He says I think I’m bigger than the game? Who around the league can say that about myself? It’s basically what happens every time the pitcher screws up,” Ortiz said. ‘They’re always looking for excuses. You’re never going to see a pitcher coming out and saying, ‘Yeah, I hit him on purpose.’ ‘Oh, I was trying to establish my fastball in.’ Bro, you’ve given eight walks in 80 innings. You know what you’re doing out there.
“In my case, when he hit me I was a little confused because everything, the way it went down the year before and stuff. Basically, first inning, but as the game goes by I start thinking about things and seeing things different, and that’s why I was so angry after the game. … I don’t think what they’re doing is fair. I think the rules should be for everybody.”
While the fact that the benches cleared between the two teams twice in less than a week would suggest things could remain heated between the two clubs going forward, Ortiz said Price will not hit him again.
“In my case, I made my point clear. I’m not going to get hit again, not by him. I’m not going to get hit again my him,” Ortiz said. ‘He did it on purpose, he punked me and that’s very disrespectful. I’m a grown-ass man, I’ve been around the league for a long time and I know how to take care of business on my own.”
|Tom Verducci on D&C: ‘David Price brought his personal grudge to that game’ Friday||06.02.14 at 11:39 am ET|
Emotions once again reached a fever pitch last Friday between the Red Sox and Rays, as Price hit both Ortiz and Mike Carp, which resulted in the benches clearing in the fourth inning. Then Sox starter Brandon Workman was ejected in the sixth inning for throwing behind Evan Longoria.
After the game, Ortiz blasted Price, stating that the Tampa lefty “better bring the gloves” if he hits him again.
“I understand what Price was doing there,” Verducci said. “In my mind, he was definitely throwing it at David Ortiz. I did not think he deserved to be thrown out of the game, so I think the Red Sox were wrong about that, but David Price brought his personal grudge to that game and he actually put Evan Longoria in a terrible position, because he knew at the time that they were going to go after Longoria in retribution.
“If Longoria gets hit by a pitch and breaks his wrist, that’s the end of Tampa Bay season if it hasn’t ended already. It’s a dumb thing to do to try to settle a personal grudge that was four or five months old.”
While Drew is scheduled to join the team on Monday, some have raised the point that the Sox may not need him after all, as Brock Holt and Xander Bogaerts are hitting .375 and .367, respectively, over the last seven games.
Regardless, Verducci believes that Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington would still sign Drew if given another opportunity.
“I think he still does [feel that way],” Verducci said. “They’re adding a very good player that has to make the team better. … I never have an issue with adding more talent, and that’s what they did. … In the long run, in four months, if I’m in the Red Sox, I’d rather have Drew than not have him.”
|Rays pitcher David Price on David Ortiz: ‘We don’t have anything to talk about’||05.31.14 at 8:13 pm ET|
David Ortiz never charged Rays left-hander David Price after the Tampa Bay ace drilled him on Friday night, but the Red Sox slugger pulled no punches in ripping Price and saying he’d lost all respect for him for the pitcher drummed him in the back in his first at-bat of Friday’s game. When asked about the remarks by reporters prior to Saturday’s game, Price suggested that he wasn’t wounded by them.
“For as many people as I quote unquote lost respect for, I gained respect from a lot more people,” Price told reporters. “And I know that’s a fact.”
Price did, however, take issue with Ortiz suggesting that getting hit with a pitch represented an act of “war.”
“He was mad, I get it,” Price told reporters. “You say stupid stuff when you’re mad. Been there. I’m sure he probably wishes he didn’t say some of the things he said. You can’t relate the game we play to a war. Kellen Winslow got a lot of crap for saying he was a soldier. No, you’re not a soldier. This is not war. We have troops fighting for us that are in a war. It’s not a good comparison.”
Price shrugged off the possibility of having an air-clearing summit with Ortiz.
“We don’t have anything to talk about,” he told reporters.
Red Sox skipper John Farrell might have thought home plate umpire Dan Bellino and crew chief Jeff Kellogg let Friday night’s game get out of control. Naturally, his counterpart in the Tampa Bay dugout saw things much differently.
“That was obvious that you’re not trying to hit Carp right there,” Maddon said of Price drilling the Red Sox first baseman in the fourth inning. “I thought the umpires utilized really good baseball judgment regarding how they handled it after Ortiz, they handled the rest of that really well. Of course, the ball at somebody’s head is no fun to see that happened. Again, you have to get their side of the whole thing. I’m just saying from our side of things, it was not precipitated by what happened last week.
“You know what? You let the players play. I’m a big believer in the players do a great job of policing one another. I try not to interfere with that kind of stuff. We’ll see how it plays out [Saturday]. There’s going to be no animosity from us to their side. Beginning of the game, we’ll just see how it plays. Again, the umpires did a great job tonight.”
Maddon and Farrell were not warned formally before the game, to the surprise of some, including Price. But once the game start, Maddon had no issue with Price clearly hitting Ortiz in the middle of the back as retribution for Ortiz slow trot around the bases on two home runs off Price in last fall’s ALDS Game 2.
“For me, you let the players play, and you really try to not get involved in that, whether it’s me as the manager or the umpires, let the players play,” Maddon said. “I’m a big believer in the players’ ability to police the game on their own. I really am. I thought the players did well tonight. I thought the umpires did well tonight. I thought it went well and I thought everything was handled properly.”
|Red Sox manager John Farrell on David Price hitting David Ortiz: ‘There’s intent to that pitch’||at 2:24 am ET|
Red Sox manager John Farrell didn’t get to stick around for long Friday night, having been tossed in the first inning.
But that didn’t mean Farrell didn’t feel he had a pretty good pulse on what transpired in the drama-soaked, 3-2 Red Sox, 10-inning win.
The intensity only thickened in the fourth inning, when the umpiring crew chose not to eject Price after hitting Sox first baseman Mike Carp. That resulted in the benches clearing and Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo being ejected.
Red Sox starter Brandon Workman’s night would also end in an ejection after the threw behind Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria in the sixth inning.
‘You know, David’s a heck of a pitcher,’ Farrell said. ‘He comes in with two hit batters and eight walks on the year. He comes in with the lowest walk rate in the American league. When he throws a ball and hits David Ortiz in the back, there’s intent to that. They can dispute that all they want. There’s intent to that pitch. As emphatic as Dan Bellino’s warning was, it sure seemed like Dan Bellino felt like there was intent as well. I disagreed with it. He took the ball out of our hand. And then after Mike Carp got hit with a ball up around his neck and they didn’t make a move then, the umpires allowed this game to escalate even further.’
Farrell added, ‘We fully expect this to be very competitive games. They always are against Tampa. And there were some different things that happened inside this game. When we have four people ejected and also have three people hit by pitches, and they have none, that’s a hard one to figure out.’
|David Price predicts more tension between Red Sox and Rays: ‘I’m sure it will [continue]‘||at 1:19 am ET|
In the first inning, Price drilled David Ortiz square in the back, nearly throwing a fastball completely behind the Red Sox slugger. That resulted in Price and the Red Sox being issued warnings by home plate umpire and crew chief Jeff Kellogg. Both benches emptied and John Farrell was ejected.
Three innings later, Mike Carp, in just his 10th career plate appearance against Price, was drilled for the third time by the Rays lefty known for his routine pinpoint control.
That resulted in Carp being awarded first base and Ortiz nearly attacking Price. The Red Sox were clearly frustrated that two batters had been hit, one in Ortiz very clearly intentionally. Could Price sense the growing frustration of the Red Sox?
“Yeah, I absolutely get it, especially with Carp. I don’t know if I’ve hit anybody three times,” Price said. “I think I’ve hit him three times in probably less than 10 at-bats. I think one was when he was with Seattle. I feel like they’ve been all in the same region [of the body]. I’ve extended apologies to him both times before. That’s not something I’m trying to do. I had six lefties in the lineup today. I have to be able to throw my fastball in and wasn’t able to do it.”
But asked about his history with Ortiz, which included a Price Twitter rant about Ortiz pimping after two home runs off him in Game 2 of the playoffs last year, Price said, “I’m fine,” and that there was “no” reason for Ortiz to be upset with the apparent retaliation. Ortiz called Price a “girl” for the way he handled himself Friday night.
Does Price expect the bad blood to continue between the clubs going forward?
“I’m sure it will,” Price predicted.
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