LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Baseball is a game of statistics, which is why The Cincinnati Enquirer's C. Trent Rosecrans did the game such a service after speaking with Cincinnati Reds' manager Bryan Price before Monday's game in Milwaukee.

Price, rankled by a team that had lost four straight and seven of eight at that point, took out a bit of frustration with the media's (accurate) reporting that catcher Devin Mesoraco was not with the team for Sunday night's game in St. Louis.

After TV reporters left the clubhouse, Price went on a rant timed by the Enquirer at 5:34, taking issue with its decision to report that Mesoraco wasn't with the team, and questioning the media's role (and existence) in general, in quite colorful terms.

How colorful? With all the dispassionate precision of an official scorer, Rosecrans reported, "What followed was a five-minute, 34-second expletive-filled tirade. The final tally was 77 uses of the 'F' word or a variant and 11 uses of a vulgar term for feces (two bovine, one equine)."

Well played, even if Price's rant was not.

Even Bob Knight thinks that's impressive. Even Lewis Black thinks it was an epic rant.

A transcript is available from The Enquirer here
, but the portion of Price's rant that struck me is when he turns his attention to the role of media. You'd think a guy who has risen to the position of Major League manager would have some kind of idea of how things work. 

Don't think that.

From the transcript by Rosecrans, with expletives deleted, Price told the reporter: "Your job is not to sniff out every f--- thing there 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---? How the f--- does that benefit the Reds? . . . 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."

The thing is, it is the media's obligation. It's why The Enquirer spends so much money to send Rosecrans on the road with the team -- to report on the team. And that's the kind of detail people want, who's in, who's out, who's healthy, who's hurt.

The problem is that guys like Price can't see outside of their own mindset. They see the world in a who's-for-me, who's-against-me, manner. If it's not good for their team, why would anyone do it? 

I agree with Price on this: Everyone does want to know everything all the time. And it's not always essential information. Covering college programs, we have to be consistent. If we're reporting something in one place, we have to do it in another. In any event, whether it's good for the subjects is not a consideration.

We just report the news. It's not the media's job to make it. Some outlets, yes, cross that line. But Price on Monday took issue with solid reporters doing solid reporting.

And he made a shaky start in Cincinnati look even worse. 

The Reds wound up winning their game against the Brewers 6-1. But the damage had been done. 

Price has earned a place in the ranting-at-reporters Hall of Fame. They ought to have a wing for that in Cooperstown.

At least, for his sake, he unleashed a rant so profane and so prolific that he won't hear it on radio for years to come.

No doubt, Price will have some fans who come to his defense in this. Screaming at the media is always met with a positive response by many.

But it works a whole lot better when you're winning. 

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