Reds manager Bryan Price says 'F' word 77 times in rant at media
In a profane diatribe that Price saved until TV cameras left, he excoriated a Cincinnati reporter for, what he said, was aiding Reds opponents by publishing information that didn't need to be public.
His club in an early slump, Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price raged at a reporter, and the media in general, during an obscenity laced tirade Monday that included 77 uses of the "F" word in various forms, and lasted about 5 1/2 minutes.
Price was angry at C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer (who used to write and report for this very blog) for reporting the whereabouts of Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco, who has been away from the team because of an injury and a separate family matter. The Reds have been playing short for several days, which seems like a valid story, but not to Price.
To make a long story short, Price says did not want any of the Reds opponents aware that Mesoraco was not on his bench and available to be used Sunday against the Cardinals. But because the Enquirer is a newspaper and not on the Reds coaching staff, its staff found out where Mesoraco was, why it wasn't Busch Stadium and published the news.
After TV cameras left Price's pregame media session Monday, he expressed his displeasure with Rosecrans and the remaining writers. Here's an excerpt the Enquirer published (the asterisks are there for your protection!):
Audio: Audio, via The Big Lead and the Louisville Courier-Journal is available. The full transcript is also below. Reading it is so much more fulfilling. (Both are censored):
Bryan Price (BP): Can I ask you a question?
C. Trent Rosecrans (CTR): Sure
BP: I don't understand what the importance is for everybody to know if we have a player that's not here. We don't benefit from the other teams knowing we don't have a player. It does — you don't have to be a Reds fan, but it doesn't help us if our opponents know who is here and who isn't. That's what I want to know.
CTR: Well, as a fan, I'm wondering, here's a spot for Devin Mesoraco, why isn't he there?
BP: Where was the spot?
CTR: As a pinch-hitter? He's an All-Star with 25 home runs last year, I know I asked if it was a left-handed bat thing, you said no.
BP: I don't get it. It's, you know, look, I don't need you guys to be fans of the Reds, I just need to know if there's something we want to keep here, it stays here. We don't need to know that Tucker Barnhart's in the f****** airport when we haven't spoken to Kyle Skipworth. I think we owe that f******* kid the right to be called and told that he's going to be sent down as opposed to reading that Tucker Barnhart is on his way from Louisville. I just... I don't get it. I don't get why it's got to be this way. Has it always been this way where we just tell f****** everybody everything? So every f****** opponent we have has to know exactly what we have. Which f****** relievers are available, which guys are here and which guys aren't here, when they can play, and what they can do. It's nobody's f****** business. It's certainly not the opponent's business. We have to deal with this f****** b*******.
I like to talk — and I have spoken as candidly as I can with you people, if that's not good enough, I won't say a f******thing. I'll go, 'yes sir, no sir.' And I can do that. But f***, I've been as candid as I can f****** be about this team and our players, and we've got to deal with this s***, every f****** team that we f****** play has to know every f****** guy that's here and what they can and can't do? F*** me. It's a f****** disgrace. I'm f****** sick of this s***. It's f****** hard enough to f****** win here to have f****** every f****** opponent know exactly what the f*** we bring to the table every day. It's f****** horse****. I don't like it. It's what I'm saying. To make it very clear, I don't like the way that this s***'s going — at all. I don't like it. I don't think you guys need to know everything. And I certainly don't think you need to see something and tweet it out there and make it a f****** world event. How the f*** do we benefit from them knowing we don't have Devin Mesoraco? How do we benefit from that? They benefit from it. I just want to know how we benefit from these f****** people know we don't have a player here. Can you answer that? How is that good for the Reds?
CTR: I don't know…
BP: Yeah, well it's making my job f****** harder.
CTR: I'm sure it is.
BP: Well, thank you. I don't know if that's what we're supposed to do. Are we supposed to f****** open up everything here for everybody to know all the f****** time? That's all I want to know, what your expectations are, because f*** me. If I've got f****** to tell these guys, we gotta go out there and they know we don't have f****** Devin Mesoraco, what f****** benefit is that to me as a manager? And our team to win a f****** game?
CTR: He hasn't been there for a week-and-a-half
BP: I just want an answer on how we benefit from them knowing that Devin Mesoraco isn't here.
CTR: I don't think you do and I don't know that that's my job.
BP: Your job is not to sniff out every f****** thing is about the Reds and f****** put it out there for every other f****** guy to hear. It's not your job. You want me to be candid with you? I've been candid with you. I f****** talk to you guys like men, I tell you what the f***'s going on with the team, I tell you how I'm feeling as candidly as I can and then this s***? You've got to watch this f****** s***? I've got to f****** read that on a f****** Tweet on our own people in here that we don't have a f****** player? How the f*** does that benefit the Reds? It doesn't benefit us one f****** bit. God **** we try to go out there and win f****** games and I got to come in here and then you guys f****** blow it all over the f****** place? Who we can play? Who we can't? I'll tell you what you want to know, I'm not going to f****** lie to you. I didn't tell you f****** s***.
CTR: You did not lie to me and I appreciate it.
BP: Ah, f***. I'm just, I'm f****** p****** up a rope in this f****** business. Because everyone has to know everything all the f****** time. That's not my f****** obligation, it's not their obligation. You know why f****** Billy Hamilton didn't f****** play? The other day? Because his f****** finger's hurt and he couldn't hit right-handed comfortably. Right? So that's something that I need to know and no one else needs to know. No one else needs to f****** know it, and all of a sudden it's out there. His f****** fingers are sore. It doesn't benefit us. It wasn't from you, but it doesn't benefit us one bit to f****** announce to the f****** other teams that we're playing to bring in lefties when they need to f****** get Billy out. There's no benefit. So, I'm f******, to be honest with you, I'm f****** sick of this s***. I'm sick of listening to this f****** s***, I'm sick of f****** the f****** second-guessing b*******, you guys can do whatever the f*** you want, but I'll tell you this — I'm not going to f****** tell you everything about this f****** club, because you f****** guys are going to out there and sniff it out anyway. I don't f****** like it one f****** bit. I bend over backwards to be honest and direct with you f****** guys and you stick it right up my f****** a** — and the f****** team's a**. And I'm sick of it. What do you got? If you don't got anything, get out and I'll do this f****** interview with Marty. You don't have anything? Just get out, please.
That's a lot of "F's."
It doesn't seem unreasonable on the face to want to keep certain information away from your opponents. No matter how open Price says he is with reporters in general, all teams keep tons of secrets. But Rosecrans is right about fans wanting to know why Mesoraco — an All-Star a season ago and one of the better hitting catchers in the league coming into this season — wasn't around. And though Rosecrans says to Price in the conversation that Price didn't lie to him, he kind of did by omission. It's fine that Price wants to have Mesoraco's whereabouts kept secret, but he should have no expectation of that kind of privacy. We do live in an era in which NHL teams are vague about injuries to protect their players, and when NFL teams lie and misdirect using the injury report. But if media finds out anyway, it finds out.
As for players finding out via media that they were sent down, traded, released, etc., before a team has a chance to tell them, that's unfortunate. But it's also the team's job to tell the player before the media otherwise tells the world. If Price had been thoroughly honest with the media about Mesoraco as it related to Kyle Skipworth being sent down, he could have brokered a deal with the press asking them not to talk about that part until he had a chance to say something to the player. It happens all of the time.
Prediction: Price will apologize in private for his rant tomorrow, once he cools off and realizes his grievances were misplaced. Also, he might try to turn it into motivation for his team, which started hot but had lost seven of eight games until Monday night.
"It's us against them! We have no privacy! The media wants us to lose!" Hey, more has been started with less.
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