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David Price played the hero tonight. He came out of the bullpen and saved the Red Sox from losing yet another game that reigning "Cy Young Award Winner" Rick Porcello started. It was impossible to know how Price would respond to being a bullpen piece but now we have our answer. Price is actually embracing the pressure for the first time in a very long time. 

Red Sox fans remember the 2008 ALCS. That series featured a fearless rookie, David Price, come out of the bullpen in Game 7 and finish off the defending World Series champions. It looked like the Rays had struck gold with the drafting of Price. He was going to be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come. 

It's hard to argue with his results after that moment. His shear dominance ultimately led to him getting PAID by Boston. He was going to be the ace the team so desperately needed. It hasn't been smooth sailing since he signed on the dotted line but it's starting to look like this move to put him in the bullpen might be the difference between an ALDS win and another ALDS meltdown. 

Bullpens are possibly the single most important thing in today's playoffs. When your starter can't get guys out you run to the bullpen to save your season. Price saving a season is a scary proposition but what we saw on Friday night was a man who's actually motivated. It's a random Friday night in the Queen City but there's the competitor David Price pitching with anger. 

John Farrell has to let this play itself out. He cannot jeopardize a motivated and confident David Price. Many laughed when Dave Dombrowski compared his 31 million dollar bullpen arm to the beloved Andrew Miller but why is that such a bad comparison? If Price can give you two innings in the middle of a close game in the playoffs and you win because of it, you have to embrace it. Throw the contract out the window. You have to try and win at all costs. 

Selflessness is not Price's specialty. It's no secret he has a tenuous relationship with the fans and the media but his teammates clearly respect him. It reminds me a lot of John Lackey. The fans and the media couldn't stand Lackey but look what happened. He won you a World Series. 

Who knows what will happen in October. The team could easily fizzle out once again and be left searching for answers. They're going to have to decide how they want to find out their fate. Either they run Price out there as a starter and watch him crumble or they ask him to channel his inner 2008 rookie fearlessness and save them out of the bullpen. 

Nine years is a long time in baseball years. It's hard to deal with the expectations of rescuing your team from disaster in the playoffs. David Price of all people is the one willing to accept that challenge. Consider me all in on this new David Price. 

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