Former Red Sox left-hander David Price was dominant during Game 5 of the World Series back in 2018. Fans and media alike were incredibly critical of Price because he could never seem to defeat his playoff demons. He erased all those doubts when he threw seven stellar innings at Dodger Stadium.
During his post game conference Price would head to the podium and talk about his past. “It was tough, absolutely,” Price said of carrying that burden. “To answer that question in Spring Training … over and over and over and over, anytime it got to September, playoffs.
“I hold all the cards now. And that feels so good. That feels so good. I can’t tell you how good it feels to hold that trump card. And you guys have had it for a long time. You’ve played that card extremely well. But you don’t have it anymore, none of you do, and that feels really good.”
— David Price (@DAVIDprice24) October 29, 2018
The Lost 2020 Season
Price decided to opt-out of last season citing his and his family’s health at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. He was one of the first players to elect to skip the season officially delaying the start of his Dodgers career.
In case you forgot, Price joined the Dodgers prior to the first Spring Training when he was traded to Los Angeles with Mookie Betts.
“After considerable thought and discussion with my family and the Dodgers, I have decided it is in the best interest of my health and my family’s health for me to not play this season,” wrote Price. “I will miss my teammates and will be cheering for them throughout the season and on to a World Series victory. I’m sorry I won’t be playing for you this year, but look forward to representing you next year.”
Despite missing the season and taking unnecessary criticism, Price also did something really important. He announced he was going to pay each minor league player in the Dodgers’ system $1,000. Price has always been known as a great teammate and this gesture reaffirms that sentiment. His former manager with the Red Sox Alex Cora took to Twitter to acknowledge his gesture.
— Alex (@ac13alex) May 29, 2020
Holding all the cards
On Monday night, the Dodgers inched closer to setting their Opening Day roster. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts finally named his fifth starter by announcing 6-foot-6 righty Dustin May secured the spot.
With May earning the fifth spot in the rotation, the Dodgers will move Price to the bullpen as a long reliever.
Dave Roberts said Dustin May is the 5th starter.
David Price to the bullpen.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) March 30, 2021
“I told them, whatever they need me to do, whatever makes the 2021 Dodgers better — I’m all for it,” said Price.
With May earning the fifth spot in the rotation, the Dodgers will move Price to the bullpen as a long reliever. The lefty will join hard-throwing Tony Gonsolin and veteran Jimmy Nelson in the bullpen.
The Dodgers will pay Price $16 million dollars this season as he pitches out of the bullpen. However before you laugh Red Sox fans, Boston is also paying Price $16 million to pitch out of the Dodgers bullpen.
The amount of money is a steep price to pay for the Dodgers this season. The Dodgers would pay that price and more to get Betts in his prime and contend for a championship.
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