David Price and home-plate umpire Tom Hallion got into a war of words on Sunday. (Ron Vesely/Getty Images)
Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price went on a lengthy Twitter rant Sunday night after a contentious back-and-forth between Price and home-plate umpire Tom Hallion led to Hallion calling him a "liar."
Things started to heat up as Price walked off the mound in the seventh inning of an eventual 8-3 win over the Chicago White Sox. On Price's second-to-last pitch of the inning — a 2-2 fastball to Dewayne Wise — he thought he threw a "perfect pitch" for strike three. Hallion called it a ball. Price struck out Wise, swinging, on the next pitch.
"I was mad at myself and I didn't say a single word to the umpire, I didn't look at him and he yells at me to 'Throw the ball over the [expletive] plate,' and that's why our dugout went nuts. They heard him say it," Price told reporters after the game, according to MLB.com.
"That's terrible. You don't speak to people that way. I didn't disrespect him. I went to talk with him after the first inning. I was calm. That's terrible."
Price's teammates would erupt again — when word came that Hallion called Price a "liar" for saying Hallion had yelled at him.
"I'll come right out bluntly and say he's a liar," Hallion told a pool reporter about Price, according to MLB.com. "I'm denying what he said I said pretty strongly. I said, 'Just throw the ball.' That's all I said to him."
The Rays' clubhouse did not take kindly to that accusation. And Price wrote a lengthy diatribe on Twitter explaining his case after the game. Here's some of it: