In baseball, players will be hit by pitchers. It's part of the game and part of pitching inside.
The tough part for those making the rules is deciding when they believe it is intentional.
Last Friday, Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was hit in the back by a pitch from David Price. Then, Red Sox starter Brandon Workman threw a pitch behind Rays slugger Evan Longoria.
Workman was fined and suspended six games by the league. Price was not.
That was more than upsetting for Ortiz.
"We're the ones getting fines and suspensions," Ortiz told ESPN.com. "I guess the rules aren't for everyone.
"I don't think what they're doing is fair. I think the rules should be for everybody. We didn't start this up. I didn't hit nobody. Workman didn't hit anybody in the first inning. [Price] did."
Both teams were warned after Price hit Ortiz. Then Workman was ejected after his pitch behind Longoria.
After the game, Ortiz declared war on Price.
"It's a war. It's on. Next time I see him, he better put his gloves on. I have no respect for him anymore."
After a previous incident, Ortiz said he had spoked to Price in the offseason.
“I had a lot of respect for the guy, man," he told ESPN.com. "It is over now. I have no more respect for him. Last year, we kicked his butt in the playoffs and he went off talking crap about everyone.
"We go to talk on the phone after we kind of straightened things out. He was upset, and then I let him know how I felt. Later on he called me and apologized because he knew he was wrong. Everything was cool, so the first at-bat of the season against him, he drills me."
In response, Price said it absolutely wasn't “war.”
"He was mad, so I get it," Price told reporters Saturday. "We all say stupid stuff when we're mad. [I have] been there. I'm sure he probably wishes he wouldn't have said some of the things he said. You can't relate the game that we play to a war.
"Kellen Winslow got a lot of crap for saying he was a soldier. You're not a soldier. This is not war. We have troops fighting for us that are in a war. It's not a good comparison."
He's right, and certainly Winslow regrets that statement the same way that Ortiz probably will later.
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