The Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays just don’t like each other.
The two teams got into it at Tropicana Field last week and it carried over into Fenway Park on Friday night. In the first inning, Rays’ pitcher David Price hit Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz and Ortiz wasn’t happy about. Both benches were warned and Red Sox manager John Farrell was ejected (and two other Red Sox coaches were later ejected).
Price also hit Mike Carp, but was not ejected while Brandon Workman was ejected for throwing behind Evan Longoria.
The Red Sox eventually came back from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 in 10 innings, extending their winning streak to five.
After the game, Ortiz let Price have it.
“I have a lot of respect for the guy, man, but it’s over,” Ortiz told reporters via Jason Mastrodonato of MassLive.com. “I have no more respect for him. Last year we kick his ass in the playoffs, he went off, talking (expletive) about everybody, (Sports Illustrated writer) Tom Verducci and everybody. Players.
“We kind of got to talk on the phone. We kind of straightened things out. He was kind of upset. Me as a veteran I kind of let him know how things go in this game. Later on he called me and apologized because he knows he was wrong. He apologized in public. He apologized to myself. Everything was cool. So first at-bat of the season against him he threw at me.
“I mean, it’s a war. It’s on. Next time he hits me, he better bring the gloves. I have no respect for him no more.”
Ortiz hit two home runs off of Price in the ALDS last year.
If these two teams can find their way back into the postseason this year, we could have quite the series on our hands.