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Rays' Price apologizes for Twitter outburst

David Price calls some media members “nerds,” and as his getup during a road trip shows, it takes one to know one.
David Price calls some media members “nerds,” and as his getup during a road trip shows, it takes one to know one.
Published Oct. 7, 2013

ST. PETERSBURG — Rays LHP David Price made no apologies for the way he pitched in Saturday's Game 2 loss to the Red Sox.

But he made a public apology Sunday for a series of tweets he posted after the frustrating game, and he also apparently made amends with Boston DH David Ortiz, whom he criticized for watching his eighth-inning homer.

The most interesting of Price's postgame tweets was the one in which he ripped TBS studio analysts Dirk Hayhurst, a former big-league pitcher, and Tom Verducci, a respected veteran journalist, by belittling their credentials to criticize him, ending with "SAVE IT NERDS."

Price didn't show up at the Trop for Sunday's optional workout but went back to his @DAVIDprice14 Twitter account to post an apology:

"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"

Manager Joe Maddon acknowledged that Price erred in making the initial post, which garnered national attention Sunday as well as a rebuke from TBS studio host Keith Olbermann, who suggested on his Twitter account that Price "save it for a day you didn't get lit up" and called his reply "a non-apology apology."

Maddon said Price's tweets reflect "the dangerous world we live in" where posts can be made instantaneously, without pause for proper processing.

"I think that one of my first thoughts was, next spring training when we have our media training, you're going to see this as a perfect example of what not to do," Maddon said. "I think David did the right thing after he had done the wrong thing. And I believe in the future you're going to see better judgment."

Ortiz said after Sunday's workout that he spoke with Price about his critical comments about him and that "everything's fine."

Ortiz wouldn't say who initiated the conversation but said the two are ready to move on.

"It's over," he said. "We talked and straightened things out. I have a lot of respect for David, and (he has) the same thing for me. I'm not going to make a big deal out of this, I understand his frustration. He's a good pitcher. … When you don't see the result, you feel sometimes a little frustrated about it. But everything's fine."

Deja VU, KINDA: The Rays were down 0-2 in the 2010 AL Division Series, losing the first two at home, winning the next two in Texas, then losing Game 5 at the Trop. That experience should provide some benefit now, though only six players from that postseason roster remain. "We'll draw from those moments in 2010, those guys that were here," 3B Evan Longoria said.

CROWD CONTROL: Longoria said the Rays are eager to play before the sell-out crowd tonight, just the third in a season where the Rays were last in the majors in attendance. "I know our home fans will be out in full force (tonight), and I think our record speaks for itself when we've had a full house; we've played pretty well," Longoria said.

Team officials decided in conjunction with Major League Baseball officials not to remove the tarps covering part of the upper deck at the Trop, keeping capacity around 34,000.

MISCELLANY: RHP Jake Odorizzi threw a four-inning simulated game to three others who were left off the ALDS roster but told to stay ready, INF Tim Beckham and OFs Freddy Guzman and Kevin Kiermaier. … Kelly Johnson went through a workout in leftfield as he hadn't been out there in a while. … Rookie RHP Chris Archer said he comfortably made the adjustment to the bullpen and is ready for further action. … With no music on the PA system, as during their last visit, the Sox improvised during batting practice with an iPod hooked up to a portable speaker.

Times staff writer Joe Smith contributed to this report.

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