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Accepting David Price

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As a Red Sox fan and general baseball fan, the biggest question throughout the past week has to be, how do we deal with David Price? The answer to that is more difficult than it seems. On the one hand, you can like his past numbers on paper, a career 3.26 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, but on the other hand you can LOATHE the attitude. He seems to constantly be a source of media fodder between his beef with Eck, his allergies, and his mild case of carpal tunnel.  While Price has the ability to opt out of his contract after this year, with his slew of injuries and constant drama, it seems likely that doing so will come at the expense of his wallet. With that, David Price may be a member of the Red Sox longer than we thought, which means the tension between Price and the media needs to change for the good of our arranged marriage. 

We need to first start by evaluating whether or not the media is too hard on David? Maybe, but the media is hard on everyone. We are currently in the midst of crucifying possibly the greatest of all time, Tom Brady, for missing OTA’s at 40 years old. In that sense, David should know that after ducking out of a start against the rivaled Yankees with “tingly hand”, and then ducking out of another start against the Yankees with carpal tunnel from playing too many video games is going to raise antennas from Boston Sports on Tap to the Boston Globe. Further that with his general “I don’t care” attitude, and of course Price is going to be scrutinized for every move he makes. The problem lies in the fact that David seems to take offense anytime he is criticized, see Price V. Eckersley 2017. As a fan, I want to see Price succeed because if he does, the team does. But as a person I cannot stand his attitude. Every time I hear him talk, my blood boils. David Price strikes me as a person who puts himself above the team. An opinion further emphasized by ace of the team, Chris Sale. Having both Sale and Price on the same team only makes Price’s attitude all the more noticeable. Sale is the perennial shut up and pitch type of player. He takes the ball every five days, strikes out 10, goes 7 innings, and most importantly keeps quiet for the most part. He would do well on RT 1 with Belichick.  Price on the other, is a constant crab in the bucket. Something that is entirely tolerable, if you are pitching well. It is still early, but his current 4.89 ERA sits at the highest mark in any season since Price’s first full season in the league in 2009, almost 10 years ago. At 32, Price is no longer a spring chicken, and is coming off a year predominantly lost due to injury. Wolverine elbow or not, this brings about concern, and his play and diva like attitude have done nothing to calm tension. 

That being said, should he turn his play around, return to form and be the number two the Red Sox need him to be, all can be forgiven on my end. Can the same be said on his? The great line from Uncle Ben is “with great power comes great responsibility”. Well, it can also be said that “with a great contract comes great scrutiny”. A look at the highest paid players in Boston will tell you all you need to know. David Price is number one on the list. Rounding out the top 5 on the list is Gordon Hayward, Al Horford, JD Martinez, and Hanley Ramirez. With Hayward it is too soon to tell, but the other three names show one thing that dollar signs equal expectations. It is simple math. Horford has been praised and criticized every time he has an amazing game or shoots 2 of 6 and disappears. Hanley Ramirez is Hanley Ramirez. JD Martinez, upon signing his contract in Boston, has been compared to Giancarlo Stanton, questioned for being able to hit home runs outside of Arizona, and critiqued for his ability or desire to play the outfield.. all before the ink dried on his deal. The fact that Price makes as much money as he does, he should expect the eyes of the media constantly on his every move, whether it is in a video game or on the field. David Price needs to accept Boston, then we will accept him.

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