Tuesday June 16th, 2015

Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price told USA Today that his infamous April profanity-laced rant was "not his finest hour." 

In April, Price went on a nearly five-and-a-half minute tirade the day after a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals, unleashing the “f-word” 77 times in that span.

He was upset after The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that catcher Devin Mesoraco was not available to pinch-hit during the game against the Cardinals.

The same newspaper then reported on Twitter that the team called up catcher Tucker Barnhart before it had a chance to notify Kyle Skipworth that he was being sent back down to Triple A Louisville.

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"That was a really bad five-minute run, not my finest hour," Price recently told USA Today. "I certainly didn't think it would get those type of legs. But I said it. I stand by it. I own it.

"It's not something you want to be connected to for the rest of your life, to be using that type of language on an audiotape that anyone can access,” he added.

A month later, Price was tossed before a game against the Cleveland Indians after exchanging lineup cards with the umpiring crew at home plate. His complaint that time was frustration at the way the strike zone was being called in the previous game.

As for his now infamous rant, Price says he has to do a better job of reeling in his emotions.

"I have a temper, and I can use bad language, but I'm not a terribly reactive person," Price, who has a 104-121 record in two seasons with the team, told USA Today. "I just have a very strong belief system. When things are not going right and need to be right, I'm fairly non-compromising in that.

The Reds (28-35) have lost three games in a row and are 14 games back of the Cardinals in the National League Central.

- Scooby Axson

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