Reds manager Bryan Price issues expected apology for expletive-ridden rant
Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price on Tuesday morning delivered an expected apology for his profanity-laced rant directed at the media on Monday, but stopped short of admitting the message was wrong, only conceding its delivery was inappropriate.
“In my pre-game conversation with reporters yesterday, I used wholly inappropriate language to describe the media coverage of our team,” Price stated, via a series of posts to the Reds’ official Twitter account. “While I stand by the content of my message, I am sorry for the choice of words.”
Price peppered his five-minute, 34-second tirade with a stupefying 77 f-bombs, among other less-than-savory words, as he expressed extreme unhappiness with the media, as transcribed by Cincinnati.com, reportedly surrounded earlier reports indicating that All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco would not be with the team for Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
“I don’t get it. It’s, you know, look, I don’t need you guys to be fans of the Reds, I just need to know if there’s something we want to keep here, it stays here. We don’t need to know that Tucker Barnhart’s in the f****** airport when we haven’t spoken to Kyle Skipworth. I think we owe that f******* kid the right to be called and told that he’s going to be sent down as opposed to reading that Tucker Barnhart is on his way from Louisville. I just… I don’t get it. I don’t get why it’s got to be this way. Has it always been this way where we just tell f****** everybody everything? So every f****** opponent we have has to know exactly what we have. Which f****** relievers are available, which guys are here and which guys aren’t here, when they can play, and what they can do. It’s nobody’s f****** business. It’s certainly not the opponent’s business. We have to deal with this f****** b*******.
“I like to talk — and I have spoken as candidly as I can with you people, if that’s not good enough, I won’t say a f******thing. I’ll go, ‘yes sir, no sir.’ And I can do that. But f***, I’ve been as candid as I can f****** be about this team and our players, and we’ve got to deal with this s***, every f****** team that we f****** play has to know every f****** guy that’s here and what they can and can’t do? F*** me. It’s a f****** disgrace. I’m f****** sick of this s***. It’s f****** hard enough to f****** win here to have f****** every f****** opponent know exactly what the f*** we bring to the table every day. It’s f****** horse****. I don’t like it. It’s what I’m saying. To make it very clear, I don’t like the way that this s***’s going — at all. I don’t like it. I don’t think you guys need to know everything. And I certainly don’t think you need to see something and tweet it out there and make it a f****** world event. How the f*** do we benefit from them knowing we don’t have Devin Mesoraco? How do we benefit from that? They benefit from it. I just want to know how we benefit from these f****** people know we don’t have a player here. Can you answer that? How is that good for the Reds?
Price’s contention that the local media should play the role of quasi-cheerleaders for the Reds instead of reporting the facts is a questionable notion at best, a ridiculous opinion at worst. It is interesting, however, that Price refused to back down from that assertion. He obviously will be asked to expand upon his press release apology the next time he meets with the media. Fewer f-bombs reasonably should be expected.
(photo credit: The Washington Post)