"I have a lot of respect of the guy, man, but it’s over. I have no more respect for him. Last year we kick his ass in the playoffs, he went off, talking shit about everybody, (television analyst) Tom Verducci and everybody, players.
We got to talk on the phone. We kind of straightened things out. He was kind of upset, you know? Me, as a veteran, I’m going to 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 and everything was cool. So first at-bat of the season against me he drilled me? I mean, it’s a war. It’s on. Next time he hits me he better bring the gloves. I have no respect for him no more.”
On getting hit in the first inning: “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’re not 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.”
On the benches clearing and his going after Price: “I was going to let him know. I respect everybody in this league and I get a certain respect from everybody. If you’re mad because I take you deep twice, I’m going to let you know I have almost 500 homers in this league. It’s part of the game, son.
"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 bullshit. He can’t get somebody out, he can’t be doing that shit. I’m done.”"
Tell em, Papi.