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David Price apologizes for criticizing “nerds” on Twitter

Oct 6, 2013, 10:32 PM EDT

After a poor outing against the Red Sox last night in Game 2 of the ALDS, Rays starter David Price went on Twitter and criticized the TBS postgame show for their analysis, singling out Dirk Hayhurt and Tom Verducci. He also chastised the media around him in the clubhouse, sarcastically retorting, “Sweet questions, nerds.”

Price has apologized, per ESPN’s Gordon Edes. On Twitter, the left-hander wrote, “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…” followed by a hashtag that read, “that’s not me”.

Price also criticized Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, who hit two home runs against him. Price felt that Ortiz watched the second one a bit too long, though he may have been the only person at Fenway Park who was certain the ball would stay fair. Price told the media, “As soon as he hit it and I saw it, I knew it was fair – run.”

Edes reports that Price and Ortiz have also squashed the matter. Ortiz said, “It’s over.”

  1. zwilhelm16 - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:37 PM

    Man up bro!

  2. Anoesis - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:38 PM

    What’s to apologize for? It’s called Twitter for a reason: They’re all Twits.

    • jarathen - Oct 7, 2013 at 7:22 AM

      It is a customized news stream generator. It’s pretty neat to have.

      • Anoesis - Oct 7, 2013 at 9:45 AM

        It’s an in-bred rumor mill that allows you to retreat even further into your chosen bubble world.

      • jarathen - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        It allows you to customize your newsfeed, yes, but what it consists of is up to each user. If I want to hide in a bubble, I can, but if I want to follow many different pursuits and interests, I can do that, too.

        Yes, Twitter is full of self-important celebrities and asinine nothing. But you don’t have to follow them. You can follow what matters to you.

  3. yahmule - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    I still like him and I love Astro.

  4. bfunk1978 - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:53 PM


    • indaburg - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:57 AM

      Speaking on behalf of nerds, apology not accepted.

      • bfunk1978 - Oct 8, 2013 at 8:12 AM

        Yeah, same here.

  5. slartibartfast4242 - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    So let me get this straight. A guy who went to Vanderbilt makes fun of others of being nerds?

  6. sabatimus - Oct 6, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Good for him for owning it.

  7. plmathfoto - Oct 6, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    He owned it, until the hashtag of “that’s not me”, wtf? Who was it then? Some alien took over his twitter?

    • sabatimus - Oct 6, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      Yeah, if it wasn’t him, then why did he say it? I guess he’s maybe trying to say that he let his emotions get away from him.

    • largebill - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:09 AM

      C’mon. That’s not me is clearly a statement that the behavior exhibited is not what he expects of himself and not the norm.

  8. easywolf - Oct 6, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    Price is right, any nerd who doesn’t play and criticize deserves to be called a nerd

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 6, 2013 at 11:52 PM

      Hayhurst played, and was in the TB org for a year…

    • Kleinz 57 - Oct 7, 2013 at 3:18 AM

      So if your restaurant order is poorly prepared do you accept it anyway since you’re not a chef and thus can’t judge?
      Do you walk out of a disappointing movie trying to convince yourself it was better than anything you could make?

      The ‘if you don’t do it, you’ve no right to criticize’ logic makes absolutely no sense as an argument. It’s a cop out comeback people (athletes included) use far too often.

      • mornelithe - Oct 7, 2013 at 9:06 AM

        If the brakes fail on your car causing you to crash into a tree, severing your spinal cord and leaving you paralyzed for life, do you just forget it and move on because you’ve never made a car and have no place to judge?

  9. psly2124 - Oct 6, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    I don’t get why people have to apologize for telling the truth. If he said something that wasn’t true, then apologize.

    • brewcrewfan54 - Oct 6, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      If he wants to call everybody who couldn’t make it to the professional level of baseball names he’s not going to have a lot of fans out there. By the way, the fans determine his marketability and a good chunk of his paycheck. Not a great idea.

      • motobus - Oct 7, 2013 at 4:09 AM

        Fans determine 0% of his pay check.

    • clemente2 - Oct 6, 2013 at 11:47 PM

      What was true? Just sour grapes whining.

      Hayhurst has an astute perception of pitching, and unlike many others with the same perceptions, can articulate them to the hoi polloi.

      There is no evidence playing in the MLB makes you a good commentator, so nothing there.

      • km9000 - Oct 7, 2013 at 5:11 AM

        And neither his manager nor pitching coach even got as far as triple-A.

        Unless someone says something factually wrong, why would you admit that comments made by the media have gotten to you?

  10. pastabelly - Oct 6, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    His girlfriend’s tweets were even more obnoxious. He should stick with her. She’s a keeper.

    • historiophiliac - Oct 6, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      You follow his girlfriend?

      • Francisco (FC) - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:34 AM

        Ten years ago that sentence would have sounded creepier than it does today.

      • yahmule - Oct 7, 2013 at 1:50 AM

        The internet really has taken most of the challenge out of stalking.

      • pastabelly - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        I don’t follow his girlfriend, but the remarks were making the rounds among baseball writers.

  11. papichulo55 - Oct 6, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Stop apologizing and just handle your business the next time you see Boston.
    Don’t talk about it, BE about it! Remember, Bob Gibson didn’t allow guys to even ‘dig in’ at the plate. You wanna play old-school? Then do it.

    • 18thstreet - Oct 7, 2013 at 7:53 AM

      People really believe things that aren’t true. Go look for Bob Gibson’s name on this list.

    • 18thstreet - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:05 AM

      In a 17-year career, Bob Gibson had 5 or fewer hit batsman 9 times in a season. Once, he hit 13. It didn’t even league the league. Once, he hit 11. That was 5th in the league. Twice, he hit 10. That was 4th and 6th in the league.

      Playing in the same era, Jim Bunning hit 10 or more 9 times, leading the league 4 times. He hit 13 or more batters (Gibson’s career high) four times.

      For some reason that I’m sure has nothing to do with racism whatsoever, people remember Bob Gibson as being a head-hunter.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 7, 2013 at 9:08 AM

        There was a great JoePos post about Gibson and how upset Gibson was that people only seem to remember him as a head hunter. Gibson wondered why people didn’t remember him for being a great pitcher, only the HBPs. Unfortunately it was on JoePos’s old site and the links are dead.

  12. joestemme - Oct 6, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    I think someone (maybe Maddon?) has to put Price’s Twitter account into suspension until the playoffs are over for his team.

    • indaburg - Oct 7, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      He won’t.

      “I really don’t like to censor our guys. Where we live, in this country, obviously, freedom of speech is everybody’s prerogative. Now sometimes, when we have that freedom, we choose to make bad decisions with it. However, you still have that freedom. And hopefully, in a moment like this, he’s going to learn from that. And you’re not going to see it again.”


    • bornintoitiniowa - Oct 7, 2013 at 1:37 PM

      When Middlebrooks was sent to Triple-A earlier this season, the Red Sox seemed to do a similar thing with him (or maybe he just stopped using Twitter as much on his own). The athletes need to learn to take responsibility of their actions and not attack critics (fair or not) on social media. Let their performances speak for themselves.

  13. anthonyverna - Oct 7, 2013 at 12:46 AM

    An apology is not “If I offended you.”

    An apology is “Because I offended you.”

    • jarathen - Oct 7, 2013 at 7:24 AM

      It seems like all public apologies these days are “I’m sorry if I offended anyone.” It puts the blame on the offended instead of the offender.

      • koufaxmitzvah - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        It’s Twitter. If out of thousands of followers, he insults hundreds of them, do they all have to be named and approached with hat in hand?

        Modern society sucks.

      • jarathen - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:36 AM

        No, he doesn’t. All he has to do is say that he blew up, he’s sorry, and that’s it. But all famous people add that “if” caveat when they darn well know what they did.

        David Price doesn’t owe anyone anything, but an apology from a man who makes lots of money due to millions of fans, many of them so-called “nerds” who can’t play the game at a professional level, would show some gratitude. After all, if the fans disappeared, he’d be making far less money, and all it takes is for him to not vent at people over Twitter when the whole world is watching what he says.

        It might be mawkish and overly sentimental, but Jerry Maguire has some real gems in the dialogue. So I’ll go with this one: “I’m sorry, but it is a FACT… that there is such a thing… as manners. A way of treating people.”

        Apologizing to people you’ve disrespected for no reason than your own petulance shows them the same respect you’d like to be afforded. it’s called manners.

  14. fearthehoody - Oct 7, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    As an adult (27) with a real CAREER, real friends, and a real active social life. I dont have twitter to follow or care about people Ive never met or will ever meet. So im not offended.

    • jarathen - Oct 7, 2013 at 7:25 AM

      Congratulations, grown-up! Enjoy your booze, cigarettes, and rented card!

    • 18thstreet - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      That’s really not what most people use twitter for. Twitter is how I tell people what I’m eating for lunch.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Oct 7, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      As an adult (27) with a real CAREER, real friends, and a real active social life. I dont have twitter to follow or care about people Ive never met or will ever meet.

      Backhanded nerd comment while posting on an internet message board, all the while with a PFT handle.

  15. jayquintana - Oct 7, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    I bet Hayhurst and Verducci just laughed. It was relatively benign… no?

  16. jarathen - Oct 7, 2013 at 7:28 AM

    It’s understandable that a frustrated professional vented about perception of his failure on-field. It’s unfortunate that he felt the only way to do so was to criticize people who are big fans of the game and are also generally very knowledgeable about it. As others have said, if the only people who could analyze his performance were also ace pitchers, we’d have maybe 100 people alive qualified to tell us what w could plainly see with our own eyes.

    Price is a great pitcher and generally seems like a cool guy. I don’t know why he’d think it important to insult people based on the ability to play the game so few can as well as he does.

  17. plmathfoto - Oct 7, 2013 at 7:58 AM

    He’s a great pitcher during the season.
    He has consistently sucked during the playoffs.
    He needs to figure out how to control his emotions, obviously, this is hilarious or pathetic, depending on your perspective, dude went to vanderbilt as was pointed out. Not sure if Tampa would be considered small market or not, but the crowds suck. He either needs to go to a small market team that never plays in the playoffs or figure out his emotional shit, because all of this stuff came directly from him, and it’s whiny stuff because he got his butt kicked again and he’s lashing out and claiming it’s not him, well if it’s not then he’s lashing out because he can’t handle it, if it is, he’s just a typical liar. Don’t forget he whined about Ortiz too on top of this.

  18. titansbro - Oct 7, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    I hate it when a seemingly otherwise likable player reveals himself to be a total dousche. Bro just take your ball & go home, you ain’t gonna pitch again this season. In fact, I feel this way about that whole team. Red Sox fans actually kinda liked & respected the Rays, but I think that is fading fast with all the b****ing & moaning lately.

    And by the way, don’t apologize for calling someone a nerd, apologize for the self glossing, hardo BS that you just pulled. That was the definition of lame.

  19. koufaxmitzvah - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Love how offended a bunch of anonymous yutzes are over the frustrations of a man whose worse crime to date is announcing his emotions over Twitter.

    If anything, he should drop the account. But, yeah, it’s precious reading the thoughts of You Guys over the thoughts of That Guy, which of state quite simply that You Guys would be so much better than That Guy in today’s Modern World.

    Except none of you can throw that ball, so, really, why would any of the Rest of Us give a damn about what You Guys have to say?

    Two-cents and shit.

    • jarathen - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:28 AM

      It’s so strange to see people come to a discussion site and call people out for discussing things.

  20. lightcleric - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:31 AM

  21. sportsdrenched - Oct 7, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    “Let’s go get those NERDS!” – Ogre

    • chiadam - Oct 7, 2013 at 1:13 PM


      I was THISCLOSE to getting in my “Vote no on 15” joke, now it’s all gone.

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