The Cincinnati Reds are third in the National League Central Division with a 6-7 record, but if you ask manager Bryan Price, the way they have reached that record is none of your business. After losing five games in a row and being asked about All-Star catcher Devin Mesoraco’s availability, Price let loose on an unsuspecting reporter:
“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.”
You would think Price, who began his coaching career in 2000 with the Seattle Mariners, would know how to deal with the media. But every now and then coaches, like Price, get hungry and bite the hands that feed them — the general public and the press. The information that these reporters look for helps drive Fantasy leagues, which is aiding the diminishing sport of baseball. Relying on merely force-fed information by organizations is not only a thing of the past but is liable to get coaches and the people reporting them fired, especially in a market like Cincinnati. Price who is clearly oblivious continues to tell the reporter what his job is and is not:
“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.”
For less insight into the Reds’ clubhouse and terrible tips on journalistic integrity, listen to all of the audio below. Warning you might want to play this one with headphones.