Before Monday’s Game 3 of the ALDS, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price said he was sorry for Saturday night’s Twitter rant and also talked about his apology to Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz. Here’s the full transcript.
Price’s opening remarks:
“I’d like to start this by sending a deep apology to everyone that has been affected by my actions after the game against Boston. That’s not the way anybody should handle themselves at any time. That’s not the way – especially myself – should handle something of that nature. I am a person, I feel like, that takes pride in character and that was probably the exact opposite of that. And I hurt a lot of people. I embarrassed myself. I embarrassed my family. I embarrassed this organization.
“It’s not good. It’s not good for baseball. It’s not good for our team, especially at a time right now, and I’m deeply sorry. I let my emotions just completely take over the situation, and it’s, I’ve never felt anything like that before in my life. I want to be big. I want to do great things for this team on that field, especially in moments like that. And I feel like I let our organization down. I let my teammates down. That was just a very dark spot in my career up to this point. It doesn’t sit well with me and I know I’ve hurt a lot of people and that’s probably the worst part about it. I feel like I’m somebody who tries to treat people the same way they would treat me. I give people the benefit of the doubt and I didn’t do that. I’m sorry.”
Q: When did it start to dawn on you that you made a mistake?
DP: “Probably a couple of minutes after I sent it. And honestly, I typed it in, I read it to myself a couple times and my emotions were just going so high, I knew that was nothing to tweet about. It should not have been tweeted. I knew that. I read it to myself a couple times and I still hit send. My emotions just completely took over the situation. It’s just no good. It’s really not. And I apologize to all y’all. It makes you guys have to write about something that I know you guys don’t want to write about now.
“This is a beautiful time for baseball, and whenever people are still playing in early October, in late October, it’s a very special time for this game. That’s a dark spot on it and it’s all at the hands of myself, and I take a tremendous amount of pride in the effort that I put forth every single day, whether I’m pitching that day or not. In the clubhouse with my teammates or on the bench or in the weight room. I love what I do. I understand that baseball has made me really into the person that I am today. I do feel like I’m a good person. With the things that I said after the game on Saturday, I know a lot of people probably have changed their views on the way that they view me, and that probably is what hurts the most.”
Q: Ortiz said you two talked Sunday. Who reached out to who?
DP: “I did. I felt bad. I got a tremendous amount of respect for that guy and I told him that. He’s the best DH to ever set foot on this game. I don’t know if it will ever be matched. Because what a DH has to go through, and what they have to handle, it’s extremely tough, and I don’t think a lot of people understand how hard the DH position really is. If they get out, they got eight more outs to think about their next at-bat, or get to think about their last at-bat. They don’t get to go out into the field and make a good play and kind of erase their at-bat that way. It’s all predicated--what they, what everybody talks about--is done for them at the plate. They don’t get a chance to make up for their mistakes in the field or anywhere else, on the basepaths and stuff like that.
“I reached out to him and I told him how much respect I had for him. He’s somebody that’s always smiling, he’s always having a good time, he’s there for his teammates, and we’ve all seen that over the years. He takes the time for the little people. Every time he sees my little nephew, he takes the time to talk to him. Every time they’re in town, he takes the time to go over to my parents and speak to my mom and dad. It’s just an extremely poor decision on my part. It stinks.”
Q: Are you going to keep your Twitter account?
DP: “Absolutely man. Twitter should be used for good. And that wasn’t the right way to use it. Honestly, I feel like most of the time I do use Twitter the right way. I know I’ve had my instances where I haven’t, and it’s probably just emotional overflow, and it really got the best of me the other night, and again I apologize.”