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This week, it was David Price's turn to learn a cardinal rule of social media: Stay off Twitter when you're angry.
After he and the Tampa Bay Rays lost Game 2 of their American League Division Series to the Boston Red Sox 7-4 on Saturday -- in which Price gave up nine hits and seven runs, including two homers by David Ortiz -- the left-hander was criticized on the air by TBS commentators and by fans online. To the latter, he reacted by reciting his resume:
Trust me I don't want sympathy...I got beat tonight...so be it..I'll bounce back...3x ALLSTAR...2 time player choice...runner up cy...AND CY
-- David Price (@DAVIDprice14) October 6, 2013 That may seem a little thin-skinned and insecure -- but it was the way he responded to TBS' talkers, former major league pitcher Dirk Hayhurst and writer Tom Verducci, that showed how much Price was steamed:
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
-- David Price (@DAVIDprice14) October 6, 2013 So, come Sunday, after he'd calmed down, Price apologized:
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
-- David Price (@DAVIDprice14) October 6, 2013 Rays manager Joe Maddon, who has more pressing things to worry about -- mostly being down 2-0 in the ALDS -- and who is just a pretty cool guy in general, didn't seem to get too worked up about it.
"I don't want to take one isolated incident and try to turn it into something," Maddon said . "I think that's something we do nationally a little bit too often. I really hate to legislate behavior. I have a lot of faith in David. I think David did the right thing after he did the wrong thing. Sometimes, you've got to make a mistake in order to come out on the other side and be better. I believe in the future you're going to see better judgment."
(By the way, if you don't recall Hayhurst as a big leaguer, you're not alone. He pitched two seasons in the majors, 2008 and 2009, for a total of 25 games with the San Diego Padres and Toronto Blue Jays. For his career, he threw 39 1/3 innings, nearly all in relief, and gave up 50 hits with an ERA of 5.72.)
H/T USA Today
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Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price was smacked around by the Red Sox during Game 2 in Boston, giving up seven runs over seven innings pitched in the Rays 7-4 loss to the Sox on Saturday. A frustrated Price took to Twitter after the game to not only remind fans of his various accomplishments in college and MLB, but also to bash the TBS analysts who criticized him following the game...
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price verbally apologized for his Twitter rant that he said "embarrassed his organization" after a loss to the Boston Red Sox in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.
Early Sunday morning, after he allowed seven runs and nine hits in the Red Sox's 7-4 victory at Fenway Park, he criticized members of...
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David Price was a little shaken after losing Game 2 in Boston on Saturday. That was obvious to anyone who read his Twitter feed.
Price had a mini social media meltdown after the Rays lost 7-4 to fall into an 0-2 hole in the best-of-five ALDS. He rattled off a series of tweets in which he promoted his baseball accolades and sounded rather immature. The pitcher later apologized for...
David Price did not take his ALDS Game 2 loss to the Boston Red Sox in stride on Saturday. The Tampa Bay Rays ace allowed seven runs over seven innings and was taken deep twice by David Ortiz. Big Papi’s second home run was a towering shot in the eighth inning that wrapped around the […]
BOSTON (AP) -- David Ortiz homered twice, the second shot chasing David Price in the eighth inning on Saturday night, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-4 to take a 2-0 lead in the AL division series.
It was the first two-homer postseason game for the Red Sox designated hitter. Ortiz was a star for the 2004 Boston team that won the franchise's first World Series...
(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)David Ortiz took David Price deep twice, Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and Dustin Pedroia knocked in three runs to pace the Red Sox to a 7-4 win over Tampa and a commanding 2-0 ALDS series lead. Boston went to the plate in an uncharacteristically aggressive mode against Price and built an early 5-1 lead on the Rays' ace. But John Lackey...
I’ll admit, I was no fun to be around last night during game two of the ALDS.
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For another, I had an unshakable sense that something was going to go wrong for the Sox. That the Rays were folding...
Joe Maddon said after the Rays’ Game 2 loss at Fenway Park on Saturday that he was looking forward to returning to Boston for a Game 5. If the Rays win Tuesday and make that return a reality, Tampa Bay will send Game 2′s starter back to the hill Thursday in search of retribution.
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First Pitch: Saturday 5:37 | Fenway Park | TBS/WEEI
2013 vs. Rays: 12-7 | +14 Run differential
Game 2 Matchup:
David Price, LHP 2013: 10-8, 3.3.33 ERA
John Lackey, RHP 2013: 10-13, 3.52 ERA
Career vs. Sox: 10-6, 2.93 ERA, 1.078 WHIP
Career vs. Rays: 12-7, 4.39 ERA, 1.403 WHIP
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