ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (USA TODAY) -- David Price's personal Twitter controversy is over... until next spring.
The Tampa Bay Rays pitcher apologized Sunday via the same medium after some exchanges with fans and criticism of the TBS broadcast crew Saturday after he lost Game 2 of the AL Division Series at Boston.
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Rays manager Joe Maddon isn't going to double back on the freedom of expression he believes is so important around his team, but that doesn't mean Price won't hear about it.
"Next spring training, when we have our media training, you're going to see this as a perfect example of what not to do," Maddon said Sunday after the Rays held an optional workout at Tropicana Field.
Price, like a majority of Rays players, was not present.But he did tweet:
"Last night got out of hand and I apologize for the things that I said on here... if I offended you I am very sorry for doing so...#thatsnotme"
Price began reacting electronically Saturday night after the game in which David Ortiz hit two home runs among the seven runs and nine hits Price allowed. He already had expressed his displeasure to the media with the way Ortiz stood and admired his second homer, a towering drive over the right field foul pole.
Amidst some Twitter taunting from fans, Price tweeted:
"Trust me ... I don't want sympathy ... I got beat tonight ... so be it ... I'll bounce back. .. 3XALLSTAR ... 2 time player choice ... runnerup Cy ... AND CY"
Then, he took on the TBS post-game studio crew, which includes former major league pitcher Dirk Hayhurst and writer Tom Verducci:
"Dirk Hayhurst ... COULDN'T hack it ... Tom Verducci wasn't even a water boy in high school ... but they can still bash a player ... SAVE IT NERDS"
Maddon says the lesson learned is more important than making any changes to the way the Rays operate.
"I don't want to take one isolated incident and try to turn it into something," Maddon said. "I think that's something we do nationally a little bit too often. I really hate to legislate behavior. I have a lot of faith in David. I think David did the right thing after he did the wrong thing. Sometimes, you've got to make a mistake in order to come out on the other side and be better. I believe in the future you're going to see better judgment."