It had to put Rays fans everywhere on edge the other day when David Price told Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports that he loves the Rays but at the same time, he wants to be appreciated and if that doesn’t happen in Tampa Bay, then so be it. If there was anything positive for Rays fans to glean from Price’s comments, it was that he wouldn’t sign a long-term deal with the Rays’ division-rival New York Yankees, mentioning the Yankees’ policy against facial hair.

“I wouldn’t stay there very long then,” he responded. “I wouldn’t sign a long-term deal there. Those rules, that’s old-school baseball. I was born in ’85. That’s not for me. That’s not something I want to be a part of.”

It’s sad that David Price may be one step out the door in a Rays uniform, but it was a classic sports move to still bash his team’s rival and was further evidence of the easy-going Price Rays fans have come to know (at least on baseball diamond and on Twitter) and love. But then a day later, Price retracted what he said, telling Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times that he didn’t mean to say anything bad about the Yankees.

“I said it. It probably wasn’t the best thing to say, but I didn’t mean anything by it,” he said. “I wasn’t looking to offend the Yankees. It’s probably the best organization in all of sports. Not just baseball, but all of sports. I didn’t mean anything (against) the New York Yankees. I’ve had friends on that team for multiple years.”