"I have a lot of respect of the guy, man, but it’s over. I have no more respect for him," Ortiz said. "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."
Ortiz and Price had a battle of words after the the former hit two homers off of the latter in Game 2 of last season's American League division series. While Ortiz thought the two were on good terms prior to Saturday's game, it appears that the two will not be making up for a significant period of time.
"I was going to let him know," Ortiz 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 have almost 500 homers in this league. It’s part of the game, son.
"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. 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 bitch every time you give it up, bounce back like that and put your teammates in jeopardy, that’s going to cost you."
When asked if Price said anything in response to him, Ortiz continued to lash out.
"Nothing. He knows he screwed up. He did that on his own. No manager say anything to him. No player was comfortable with the situation. He did that on his own, which is bulls***. He can’t get somebody out, he can’t be doing that s***."
Both the Red Sox and Rays received warnings by home plate umpire Dan Bellino after Price plunked Ortiz. When Price later hit Mike Carp, the umpiring crew decided against throwing out Price, leading to the ejection of bench coach Torey Lovullo.
Crew chief Jeff Kellogg thought there was not intent behind Price's plunking of Carp.
"Again, if we feel there was intent to hit the batter, he would have been ejected," Kellogg said. "We felt the pitch was certainly inside, but not intentional, so that's why he stayed in the game."
Ortiz believes this altercation with Price means one thing.
"It’s a war," Ortiz declared. "It’s on. Next time he hits me he better bring the gloves. I have no respect for him no more."