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David Price drove his convertible to the stadium wearing a Batman helmet (Video)

David Price is one of the best pitchers in baseball and seems like a pretty fun guy to hang out with as well. I mean, you have to have a pretty good sense of humor to drop the top on your BMW, get in wearing a helmet that resembles the one Batman wears, and head to work.

david-price-batman-helmetThat’s exactly what Price did.

The 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner, and subject of numerous rumors with MLB’s trade deadline approaching, posted the above video to his Twitter account on Wednesday with the caption:

“You all should see the looks I’m getting right now!!! #iambatman”

We can only imagine, David.

FOX Sports’ Kelly Nash got her hands on the helmet and wore it during the broadcast of the Rays-Royals game.

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Dirk Hayhurst implies David Price and Evan Longoria are potheads

Evan-Longorioa-David-Price-Reid-Brignac-RobbedFormer MLB pitcher turned broadcaster/writer Dirk Hayhurst wrote a column about the popularity of marijuana throughout MLB and, in the article, he implied there are several potheads on the Tampa Bay Rays.

Hayhurst’s column was inspired by Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan’s recent column about the disparity between drug punishments for MLB and minor league players. Passan’s argument is that because of the lax drug penalties on MLB players, minor leaguers who love weed can smoke their way onto a 40-man roster. It’s a really interesting read.

In response, Hayhurst wrote on Sports on Earth about how widespread marijuana is and has been throughout MLB. Here’s a sampling of what he had to say:

As far back as I can remember, players were getting high. Guys in the minors, on or off the 40-man, would take apples from the locker-room spread, hollow them out and then sneak behind dumpsters and smoke an apple pipe. In Triple-A, the now-defunct Portland Beavers would hide in stadium supply tunnels doing the old puff-puff-pass before jumping a knuckleball fight over the Rocky Mountains. I’ve even seen coaches toking up with their players.

You really should read the whole thing to get the full flavor, but that’s a nice sampling.

Anyway, Hayhurst then decided to share a story about a time when he was in spring training with a team and a group of players got robbed. All of the details point to a 2011 robbery involving three Rays players.

Hayhurst was a spring training invitee of the Rays in 2011. In March 2011, a Port Charlotte home being rented by Evan Longoria, David Price and Reid Brignac was robbed.

The Tampa Bay Times says police estimated $56,000 in valuables were stolen, including “a 60-inch flat-screen TV, three iPads, two Xbox game systems, cash, Price’s laptop and several of Price’s fancy watches.” It later came out that Longoria had an AK47 stolen as well.

Now here’s what Hayhurst wrote. See if it matches up with the robbery story.

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David Ortiz: Who is David Price? We whooped his ass

David OrtizDavid Ortiz is still steaming about the dust-up between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays last week that resulted in a six-game suspension for Sox pitcher Brandon Workman. Ortiz is furious that Price was not suspended after he almost certainly hit Big Papi on purpose, and we don’t blame him.

After the incident, Price said Ortiz has a tendency to “look like he’s bigger than the game of baseball.” The comment offended Ortiz, and he had no problem discussing it further on Wednesday.

“That ain’t me. I never overlook the game, you know?” Ortiz said, per WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. “There’€™s never going to be a player bigger than the game. It doesn’t matter if you act like it, if you think you are or if people think that you are. It’€™s not true. Bigger than the game, nobody’€™s ever going to be. Know why? Because you come in, you play, you leave and the game continues.”

Big Papi then went off on Price once again.

“He just doesn’t understand that he’s not going to win all the time,” Ortiz said. “He’s carried that since last year when we whooped his ass. … It’€™s too bad that MLB sees the way he talked the day that he hit me and the way that he talked the next day and they still haven’€™t followed up with the rules.

“He basically said that he hit me on purpose, but I’€™m over that. I don’€™t really care about what he said. Who gives a [expletive]? Who is David Price? I don’€™t really care. I’€™m going to continue with what I do. Like it or not, it is what it is.”

Ortiz is one of the most well-liked players in baseball, hence his nickname Big Papi. He’s always smiling and joking with opponents when he reaches base, so it’s not as if he loves controversy. Should he let the feud with Price go? That’s probably in Boston’s best interest, but you can see why he’s upset the league didn’t punish Price. Either both pitchers should have been suspended or neither one.

David Ortiz rips David Price for being a little b-tch

David Ortiz absolutely blasted David Price after the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 3-2 in 10 innings on Friday night, saying he has no more respect for the southpaw pitcher.

David OrtizThe issues between the two men go back to last postseason after Ortiz hit two home runs off Price in Game 2 of the ALCS. Price was agitated after taking the L in a 7-4 defeat and ripped Ortiz for admiring his homers. Price was in such a bad mood after the loss that he even took out his frustration on TBS’ analysts by going off on Dirk Hayhurst and Tom Verducci.

Fast forward to Friday and Price was making his second start of the season against the Sox and facing Ortiz for the first time (Ortiz only pitch hit in the last game between the teams that Price started). Price hit Ortiz with a pitch, which upset the slugger. Ortiz later exploded after Price hit Mike Carp with a pitch later in the game.

Following the game, Ortiz ripped Price.

“I have a lot of respect of the guy, man, but it’€™s over. I have no more respect for him,” Ortiz said via WEEI.com. “Last year we kick his a– in the playoffs, he went off, talking s— about everybody, 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.”

If you enjoyed those quotes, then cocky Papi was just getting warmed up. Check out this gem.

“I was going to let him know. I respect everybody in this league and I get the same respect from everybody,” Ortiz continued via WEEI. “If you’€™re mad because I take you deep twice, let me let you know, I have almost 500 homers in this league. It’€™s part of the game, son.”

“I have almost 500 homers in this league. It’s part of the game, son.” Seriously. Is that not just the best quote ever? Don’t get upset. I hit everyone, Ortiz says. How can you not love that?

And then came the money shot from Ortiz.

“I was surprised for a minute until I watched the video. I thought everything was cool. You can’€™t be acting like a little girl out there,” Ortiz said. “You aren’€™t going to win every time. When you give it up, that’€™s an experience for the next time. But when you’€™re to be acting like a little b-itch every time you give it up, bounce back like that and put your teammates in jeopardy, that’€™s going to cost you.”

Dang, so Ortiz straight up called David Price a little girl and little b-tch. It is sooooo on. We’ll eagerly be awaiting Price’s response.

For the record, Price said that he did not hit Ortiz or Carp intentionally.

“I’ve got to establish my fastball in,” Price said. “I’ve got six lefties in that lineup. It’s my favorite side of the plate to go to.”

The Sox felt differently, citing Price’s impressive control; the lefty had only hit two batters and walked eight entering the game. They also said after the game that they saw the Rays players high-fiving Price in the dugout after the first inning, which made the actions seem intentional in their minds.

As far as this debate, as a former pitcher, I almost always take their side. Nobody likes a guy who admires his home runs. But, as a pitcher, you shouldn’t give them up. And don’t hit a guy if he touched you up for a dinger; just get him out next time and give him a wink.

Red Sox-Rays benches clear after David Price hits Mike Carp with pitch (Video)

The Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox met on Friday in the second game of their three-game series and early on tempers flared.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, David Price came up and in on Mike Carp and hit him on the right arm. Carp took exception to the pitch and had a few words for Price and then James Loney.

Then, benches cleared and seemingly everyone had words for each other, including David Ortiz and Sean Rodgriguez, who were both involved in rather heated exchanges.

Acting Red Sox manager Torey Lovullo was ejected after the incident. Lovullo took over for John Farrell, who was ejected after Ortiz was plunked in the first inning. Brian Butterfield became the third Red Sox manager to be tossed in the sixth inning after Boston’s starting pitcher Brandon Workman threw a pitch behind Evan Longoria. Workman was also ejected.

Fairly uneventful night at Fenway Park, I’d say.

The Red Sox and Rays play each other 12 more times during the regular season.

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David Price correctly predicted James Shields would pick off Anthony Gose (Video)

David PriceJames Shields has a reputation for having one of the best pickoff moves in baseball, especially for a right-handed pitcher. Shields picked off 12 runners in 2011, which is just an astounding figure — especially for a right-hander. Few know about his move better than David Price, who was his teammate with the Tampa Bay Rays from 2008-2012.

While enjoying an off day Thursday, Price was watching his former teammate pitch for the Kansas City Royals against the Toronto Blue Jays and correctly predicted a pickoff.

As seen in the video above, Shields picked off Anthony Gose. Gose was initially called safe, but the Royals successfully challenged the call.

Price then tried to get someone to pay up on a failed Twitter wager.

Some fan also said it was nice that Price was watching the Jays play, but he said he was watching Shields pitch. Then he had to respond to some numbskull fan who thinks he shouldn’t be allowed to watch games or have fun or do anything other than think about pitching for his Rays (or something like that):

Sheesh, fans can be so harsh at times! But credit to Price for calling that — that was awesome!

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Luis Jimenez defeated David Price in cow milking contest (Video)

luis-jimenez-cow-milking-contestUnless you’re a fan of the Los Angeles Angels, you may not be familiar with Luis Jimenez. The 26-year-old third baseman has appeared in just 39 games at the major league level.

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price is much more of a household name. He’s a three-time All-Star and won the American League Cy Young Award in 2012.

Prior to Friday night’s game, baseball pedigree wasn’t of importance. Their ability to milk cows was, as the two faced off in a contest to see who is better.

Your winner was Luis Jimenez, and he has a trophy, of sorts, to prove it. Congrats!

Video via Los Angeles Angels