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Friday, October 24, 2014

David Price rips ‘nerds’ Dirk Hayhurst, Tom Verducci

David PriceTampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price lashed out at MLB analysts Dirk Hayhurst and Tom Verducci for being critical of him on TBS’ postgame show Saturday night.

Price allowed seven runs over seven innings in the Rays’ 7-4 ALDS Game 2 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday. According to Turner PR, Hayhurst said on TBS that Price should have been pulled from the game earlier.

“This is the playoffs, you can’t take any chances. He was out there past his prime. He should’ve come out sooner.”

Whatever else Hayhurst and Verducci said must have ticked off Price, because the pitcher ripped the analysts via Twitter:

I mean yeah, that is pretty funny from Price, but it’s wrong. I would expect an ace like him to be fired up and ticked off about anyone saying he should have been pulled earlier. What pitcher likes having a bad day or getting a quick hook? But calling them nerds is childish (even if it is funny).

Since when do people have to be major league pitchers to be able to spot when a pitcher should be pulled? One has little to do with the other.

[Related: Price rips David Ortiz for admiring home run]

Oh, and for the record, Verducci was a walk-on baseball player at Penn State in college and even participated in spring training (as part of a story for Sports Illustrated) with the Blue Jays in 2005. He’s hardly a water boy. But nice try, Price. Next time blame the tweet on Astro.

UPDATE: Price apologized on Sunday.



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