David Ortiz, outraged that David Price hit him Friday night with a 94 mph fastball on the first pitch the lefty threw to the Red Sox slugger since he hit two homers off him in Game 2 of the AL Division Series last October, said he has lost all respect for the Rays ace. "It's a war," Ortiz said after the Red Sox rallied for a 3-2, 10-inning win over Tampa Bay for their fifth straight win and second walk-off in two nights. "It's on. Next time I see him, he better put his gloves on. I have no respect for him anymore." Price, asked after the game whether he had hit Ortiz intentionally, said: "I've got to establish my fastball in. I had six lefties in that lineup, that's my favorite side of the plate to go to. Got to establish it in." Ortiz said he spoke with Price by phone after the playoffs last October, and thought that any lingering issues had been resolved between the two. "I had a lot of respect for the guy, man," he said. "It is over now. I have no more respect for him. Last year, we kicked his butt in the playoffs and he went off talking crap about everyone. "We go to talk on the phone after we kind of straightened things out. He was upset, and then I let him know how I felt. Later on he called me and apologized because he knew he was wrong. Everything was cool, so the first at-bat of the season against him, he drills me." Ortiz had not faced Price last Saturday in Tropicana Field, when Price gave up five runs in the first inning, then shut out the Sox on one hit over the next seven innings in a game the Rays eventually rallied to win, 6-5, in 15 innings. "I was surprised. You can't be acting like a little girl out there," Ortiz said. "You aren't going to win all of the time. When you give it up, that is an experience for the next time. If you are going to be acting like a little b---- every time you give it up and put your teammates in jeopardy, that is going to cost you. "I was going to let him know. I respect everyone in this league and expect the same from everyone. If you are mad because I take you deep twice, let me let you know. I've got almost 500 home runs in this league. That's part of the game, son." In Game 2 of the ALDS last October, the Red Sox beat the Rays, 7-4. Ortiz's first home run off Price went to right-center field. His second home run was a towering drive down the right-field line, over Pesky's Pole. Ortiz lingered at home plate to determine whether the ball was fair or foul before beginning his long, satisfied stroll around the bases -- perhaps too long and too satisfied for Price's taste. Friday night, plate umpire Dan Bellino issued warnings to both dugouts and to Price after Ortiz was hit. Manager John Farrell, enraged that Price was not ejected, was ejected for making that point to Bellino.
David Ortiz rips David Price for HBP
ESPN | Jun 1