■ Those freaking out over Reds Manager Bryan Price's now infamous Monday night rant never covered a sports team on a daily basis.
Coaches/managers blow their tops. It happens. In most cases, everyone moves on. End of story.
That was before social media, of course, which pounced on Price's epic five-minute meltdown in which the skipper dropped a certain four-letter bomb a grand total of 77 times.
By the way, that's 34 more than the Reds' run total through 13 games.
Anyway, Price had indicated injured catcher Devin Mesoraco was available to pinch-hit Sunday night in St. Louis. The Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans reported that not only was Mesoraco unavailable, he wasn't even in the clubhouse. He had apparently returned home because of a "family issue."
Price objected to this nugget of information being revealed to the populace at large, as well as the opponent, and did so in a fairly calm but prolonged and profane manner.
The second-year skipper issued an apology for his language on Tuesday, but not for the content of his message.
Price is wrong, of course. It's not Rosecrans' job to print what Price wants him to print. His paycheck isn't signed by the Reds. And the Cardinals no doubt already knew Mesoraco had vacated the premises. As ESPN's Buster Olney pointed out on Twitter, "Everything gets out."
Not understanding the media role doesn't put Price in the majority, however. That's just part of the deal.
The guess here is the manager was more frustrated than ticked. After a 4-0 start, the Reds were 5-7 when Price erupted. Before Monday, he was regarded as a patient and accommodating interview.
And as a frustrated manager blowing off steam, Price isn't alone there either.
I remember covering a Reds' loss at Riverfront Stadium in which Lou Piniella went into an unprintable post-game tirade, then walked out of his office and into the hallway where he saw his pitching coach.
"I just ripped your guys," Piniella told Stan Williams. "What do you think about that?"
Besides, if coaches/managers/athletes didn't lose their cool, we sportswriters would have a lot fewer great stories to tell.
■ A loyal reader from Maysville points out that not only was Masters champ Jordan Spieth one-and-done at Texas, leaving school after one year to join the PGA Tour, college golf's highest honor has a similar twist.
The Ben Hogan Award for male college golfer of the year is named for someone who dropped out of high school his senior year to become a professional golfer.
■ The newest college basketball trend is to hire coaches with little to no college background, but plenty of NBA credentials.
Examples: Alabama's hire of Avery Johnson; St. John's hire of Chris Mullin; Charlotte's hire of Mark Price.
The success Iowa State has had with Fred Hoiberg, coaxed from an NBA front-office job, set the tone.
■ In its first year in the ACC, Louisville baseball (19-2) leads the Atlantic Division by five games over Florida State (14-7). The Cards are four games up on Coastal Division leader Miami (15-6).
■ Anthony Davis scored 61 points in his first two NBA playoff games. Not bad.
■ Is it crazy to think the Mets and Cubs could play in the NLCS?
■ There will be some pressure on Johnny Jones next season now that the LSU basketball coach has three signees ranked in the top 50 by most scouting services.
Besides Ben Simmons (ranked No. 1 by Rivals) and Antonio Blakeney (No. 14), LSU also signed Brandon Sampson (No. 41), who had previously committed to St. John's.■ We started with baseball, so let's end with baseball. I hate that new K-Zone box ESPN is using for its Sunday night telecasts.
It's too distracting. Plus, the umpire calls balls and strikes, not an imaginary box planted on the screen.