Things got ugly in the first game of the Red Sox series with David Price hitting David Ortiz in the first inning with what appeared to be an intention pitch right to the heiny.
Benches then cleared after Price later hit Mike Carp with a pitch that did not look intentional. Carp responded by trying to break Yunel Escobar’s leg on a dirty slide [you can see all the shenanigans here].
If there was any doubt about Price’s intentions, Joe Maddon seemed to erase those thoughts after the game.
When asked if the pitch to Ortiz was in response to the bench clearing incident last weekend, Maddon said the pitch had nothing to do with Sunday. When asked if the pitch was in retaliation for Ortiz pimping his home run during the ALDS last October, Maddon again said the pitch had nothing to do with Sunday.
“First at-bat of the season against him, he drilled me..That’s means it’s a war. It’s on. Next time he hits me, he better bring the gloves on. I have no respect for him no more…You can’t be acting like a little girl out there all the time, you give it up, that’s an experience for the next time, but you gonna be acting like a little bitch, every time you give it up, bounce back like that and put your teammates in jeopardy… oh yeah, I was going to let him know…I respect everybody in this league, and I get a certain respect from everybody. If you’re mad because I take you deep twice, I’m gonna let you know. I got almost 500 homers in this league, that’s part of the game son. “
At this point, all I can think about is Ortiz charging the mound. First he would stare at Price for five seconds and when he started waddling out to the mound, it would take him another 30 seconds just to get there.
Meanwhile, Price would be laughing his ass off the entire time.
As for hitting Ortiz…
Ortiz has played this game long enough and stood there and watched a lot of his home runs. He has to know that occasionally a pitcher is going to get upset and plunk him.
However, I have never been a fan of baseball’s idiotic unwritten rules and I am definitely against hitting batters on purpose. Don’t want Papi to pimp? Don’t let him hit two home runs off of you in a playoff game. I said that then and I’ll say it now.
That being said, Price didn’t go head-hunting. He did it the right way, if there is one. He hit Big Papi in his Big Papi Ass. And then Price didn’t say a word. He didn’t escalate things by screaming back. He just walked away, saying it was over as far as he is concerned.
Let’s just say it could have been a lot worst for Ortiz.