Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price apologized on Tuesday for using inappropriate language in a pre-game rant to reporters on Monday.
"In my pre-game conversation with reporters yesterday, I used wholly inappropriate language to describe the media coverage of our team," Price said, according to a pair of tweets sent by the Reds' official Twitter account. "While I stand by the content of my message, I am sorry for the choice of words."
The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that Price was upset with the paper's report that catcher Devin Mesoraco was unavailable to pinch hit in Sunday's loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. During a back-and-forth with Enquirer reporter C. Trent Rosecrans, Price said the f-word a total of 77 times.
Price was also upset by Rosecrans' report that the Reds had called up catcher Tucker Barnhart and sent down backup catcher Kyle Skipworth because Price had not been able inform Skipworth of his demotion before the report was published.
After Price's rant on Monday, the Reds (6–7) defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 6–1. Cincinnati entered the game having lost four straight games and seven of its last eight.
- Mike Fiammetta