ST. PETERSBURG -- Left-hander David Price offered an apology on Monday for comments he posted on Twitter on Saturday night after losing Game 2 of the American League Division Series.
"It's not the way anybody should handle themselves at any time. It's not the way anyone, especially myself, should handle something of that nature," Price said a few hours before Game 3 at Tropicana Field. "I am a person, I feel like, that takes pride in character. That was probably the exact opposite of that. I hurt a lot of people. I embarrassed myself. I embarrassed my family. I embarrassed this organization. It's not good. It's not good for baseball. It's not good for our team, especially at a time like right now.
"I am deeply sorry I let my emotions just completely take over the situation. I've never felt anything like that before in my life. I want to be big. I want to do great things for this team on that field, especially in moments like that. And I felt like I let our organization down, I let my teammates down. That was just a very dark spot in my career up to this point. It doesn't set well with me, and I know I've hurt a lot of people. That's probably the worst part about it. I feel like I am somebody who tries to treat people the same way that they would treat me. I give people the benefit of the doubt, and I didn't do that. And I'm sorry."
Price realized he'd made a mistake "probably a couple of minutes" after firing off a post directed at TBS analysts Dirk Hayhurst and Tom Verducci. He read it over a few times, but his "emotions were just going so high. I knew that was nothing to tweet about."
He plans to keep using his @DAVIDPrice14 account.
"I take a tremendous amount of pride in the effort I put forth every single day, whether I'm pitching that day or not," he said. "Whether it's in the clubhouse with my teammates, on the bench or in the weight room, I love what I do. I understand that baseball has made me into the person that I am today. I do feel like I'm a good person.
"With the things that I said after the game and Saturday, I know a lot of people have probably changed ... the way that they view me. That probably is what hurts the most."
Price also apologized to Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz after criticizing him for watching his second homer on Saturday.
"He's somebody that is always smiling. He's always having a good time. He's there for his teammates, and we've all seen that over the years," Price said. "He takes the time for the little people. Every time he sees my little nephew, he takes the time to talk to him. And every time they're in town here, he takes the time to go over to my parents and speak to my mom and dad. That was just an extremely poor decision on my part."
Bill Chastain and Adam Berry are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.