UPDATE: Price apologizes after tweeting back at TBS analysts
UPDATE, 3:56: Price didn't show at the Trop for Sunday's optional workout, but he did tweet an apology for his Saturday night tweet:
Last night got out of hand and I apologize for the things that I said on here...if I offended you I am very sorry for doing so...#thatsnotme
DEVELOPING: Rays ace David Price did not take kindly to criticism from TBS analysts Dirk Hayhurst and Tom Verducci. Hayhurst is a former pitcher who spent most of his career in the minors, Verducci a long-time and respected journalist.
Here is the tweet Price posted at 1:07 a.m., when the Rays were on their way back from Boston:
Dirk Hayhurst...COULDNT hack it...Tom Verducci wasn't even a water boy in high school...but yet they can still bash a player...SAVE IT NERDS
It is not clear what comments led to Price's response. But here's the full transcript from TBS:
Verducci: “There’s a long history of the two of them [Price and Ortiz]...42 plate appearances, .216 [batting average], no home runs until today and [Ortiz] figured something out. No question about it. Go back to the home run in the 8th inning, I think he knew it was coming here. Watch the target...the pitch is right there. It’s like he knew the pitch was coming on the inside corner. We’re talking about making a mistake with location. [Price] missed with his location there and Ortiz hit it like he knew it was coming.”
Hayhurst: “David Price dominates Boston and left-handers and he didn’t do that today. He was not getting the job done against Boston like the Rangers [in the AL Wild Card] and it was apparent right from the get-go…when you’re not getting the guys out that you’re supposed to get out, that makes everything else that much more difficult. This is the playoffs. You cannot take chances. I think he was out there past his prime. I saw him labor and get into jams. Bad breaks didn’t help out, but you have to get the guys out you’re supposed to and that’s the left-handed hitters against him. That didn’t happen. Maybe he could’ve come out sooner.”
Price also was unhappy with how Ortiz stood and watched his eighth-inning homer:
"He knows how I've pitched to him for the last probably year and a half, two years," Price said. "He steps in the bucket and hits a homer, and he stares at it to see if it's fair or foul. I'm sure that's what he'd say. But as soon as he hit it, I saw it, I knew it was fair. Run."