Throughout the history of professional sports, athletes have often boasted how much better they are than the common man. Sometimes comments are made in unsuspecting jest, while other times it’s quite obvious soaked in venomous intentions. Many times the scathing insults come in the form the lowest hanging fruit that exists: “Oh yeah. Have you ever played that game at my level?”
On Saturday night, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price became the latest athlete who took offense to criticism from “nerds” who never played the game. After allowing seven runs in seven innings against the Red Sox in Game 2 of ALDS, Price didn’t take kindly to the haters on Twitter. Amongst the ribbing over the moon shot he surrendered to David Ortiz, Price logically decided to list all his college accolades and wow us all. He reminded his followers it was a clean sweep of those awards-first time in history.
Oh. So, the Ortiz bomb was a mirage…or something?
After a few tweets of patting himself on the back about how wonderful of a hurler he is, he took aim at TBS’s announcers and some critical words pointed squarely at him.
Dirk Hayhurst…COULDNT hack it…Tom Verducci wasn’t even a water boy in high school…but yet they can still bash a player…SAVE IT NERDS
— David Price (@DAVIDprice14) October 6, 2013
I’ll admit I didn’t hear the actual criticism word for word. But, Verducci and Hayhurst were probably doing what they’re paid for: to give opinions on the play at hand. Apparently, you have to be a successful MLB left-handed pitcher to criticize a successful left-handed pitcher. You know, the same way a former cook can only properly criticize a subpar meal or only an individual with a law degree can shit on soulless lawyers?
I guess Price has never thought highly of Vin Scully, Jim Leyland or even his own manager, Ray’s skipper Joe Maddon either. Neither of them ever played major league baseball either, yet they were amazingly able to put together several cohesive baseball thoughts over the years.
Since his “I’m eternally more awesome than you” rant, Price apologized for his outburst. Keep in mind athletes are people too and they have a breaking point like everyone else. But, one has to question why a star like Price would run to Twitter like it was the bottom of a beer bottle? Either turn off your Twitter phone notifications or work on the ups and downs of being a mental midget.
I’m sorry. Where there’s smoke there’s fire. David Price, you’re a clown.