David Price predicts more tension between Red Sox and Rays: 'I'm sure it will [continue]'

Mike Petraglia
May 30, 2014 - 9:19 pm
David Price was more than ready to answer questions about his shaky command and wildness that was interpreted as beanball by the Red Sox Friday night. 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. The lingering issue for Red Sox players, management and fans is why Price didn't face ejection and more discipline after throwing at Ortiz and Carp. Price was given an explanation from Jeff Kellogg after he hit Carp in the fourth. "He told me that they were going to give me the benefit of the doubt and they didn't think I meant to do it on purpose and that they needed me to be a leader in the dugout after the inning, make sure that we keep our heads on straight. I felt we did that and lost a tough game. "I have to establish my fastball in. I had six lefties in that lineup. It's my favorite side of the plate to go to so, I've got to establish it in." Price said he knew that the umpires failed to issue warnings to both teams before the game, despite the antics last weekend in St. Pete. "Honestly, I figured it would be done before the game, with everything that's gone on. I figured that warnings would be passed out before that game and that wasn't the case. I've faced these guys a ton. I feel like they know what I want to do on the mound. They're going to know the pitches I want to throw and I just have to switch it up. That's what I was trying to do and wasn't able execute." Price kept coming back to Carp, as an example of his innocence. "It's not the pitch I'm trying to throw," Price said. "It's not the pitch. If I was trying to hit him, that's no where near the region it's going to be. I didn't mean to do that. "I didn't say anything. I completely understand how mad he was before his next at-bat. I just gave him a head nod. It's the same thing I did in Tampa. He was coming to the plate after his first at-bat in the first and I told him, 'my bad.' He gave me a head nod as well. I completely get it." Price did offer his opinion on Brandon Workman throwing behind the head of Evan Longoria in the sixth, a pitch that earned Workman and acting manager Brian Butterfield an ejection. "I get it," Price said. "If you're going to do it, you might as well hit him. That region, that's not the place to do it."