BOSTON — David Ortiz was mad as hell and made it clear he wasn’t going to take it
In his first plate appearance since taking David Price deep twice in last year’s American League Division Series, Ortiz was drilled in the back by the left-hander, and the benches cleared. They would clear again later as well, when Price hit first baseman Mike Carp.
“The first at-bat of the season against me, he drills me,” Ortiz said after catcher A.J. Pierzynski’s game-winning triple in the 10th. “I mean, it’s a war, it’s on. Next time he hits me, he better bring the (boxing) gloves on.
“I have no respect for him no more.”
He added: “I was surprised for a minute until I saw the video. Everything’s cool. You can’t be acting like a little girl out there. You’re not gonna win all the time. You give it up? That’s an experience for the next time. But if you’re going to be acting like a little bitch, you know, every time you give it up, bounce back like that and put your teammates in jeopardy, that’s gonna cost you.”
Ortiz was clearly trying to get at Price after Carp was hit.
“I was gonna let him know,” he said. “I respect everybody in this league and I get the same respect from everybody. If you’re mad because I take you deep twice, let me let you know, I got almost 500 homers in this league. It’s part of the game, son.”
Oh, by the way, the Red Sox won their fifth straight, rallying from two runs down for their second walk-off win in as many nights.