|David Price rants like a crazy person in bizarre Boston Globe interview||03.08.17 at 10:47 am ET|
David Price is the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history. And he’s losing his mind because of Twitter trolls and bloviating talk radio hosts. We’re witnessing the self-destruction of a man.
In a bizarre interview with Stan Grossfeld of the Boston Globe, Price laments the treatment he received in Boston last year. He led the league in starts and innings pitched, but also gave up more hits than any other starting pitcher as well. In his lone postseason outing, Price surrendered five runs over 3.1 innings. The Red Sox wound up getting swept by the Indians, and his career playoff record as a starter fell to 0-8.
Given Price’s astronomical salary, it was an underwhelming debut season. As a result, he faced some heat. The vitriol wasn’t immense –– Tom Brady’s Week 5 return against the Browns overshadowed the Red Sox’s October flop –– but his Twitter mentions probably weren’t pretty. Dan Shaughnessy wrote a mean thing about him in the Globe, too. If Price can’t handle that, imagine how he would’ve fared when the Red Sox were the No. 1 team around here.
Throughout his conversation with Grossfeld, it’s apparent Price is paranoid. He rants about Red Sox fans being out to get him, and bemoans sports writers for not learning about his charity. Nearly the entire interview should disturb Red Sox management, but the most troublesome exchanges are below:
Q. What is your passion?
A. I have a foundation, Project One Four. That’s one of the things that honestly chafed me about being in Boston — with the reporters, not one time did anybody take the time to get to know me or my foundation or anything I do away from the field?
Baseball writers get paid to cover Price as a baseball player. They don’t get paid to publicize his charitable endeavors. That may seem callous, but it’s the truth. It doesn’t bode well for Price if he doesn’t understand that.
Q. One of your heroes is Satchel Paige, right?
A. Oh yeah.
Q. So Satchel Paige always said, “Don’t look back, something might be gaining on you.” So why are you still looking behind you on this 0-8 (playoff record) thing?
A. It’s what’s going to be said. If I say it first, what do you have to say about me? You have nothing to say about me personally. That’s the only thing you have to say.
|David Price mocks proposed new extra-innings rule on Twitter||03.06.17 at 11:02 am ET|
Count David Price among those who are opposed to starting extra innings with a runner on second base.
In a tweet Monday, the Red Sox hurler mocked the proposal rule change, which will be implemented during the World Baseball Classic. The first game of the tournament between Israel and South Korea went into extras, with the Israeli team scoring the upset win after an infield single in the 10th inning. During the WBC, teams will start with runners on second and first base from the 11th inning onwards.
— David Price (@DAVIDprice24) March 6, 2017
In addition to the WBC, the rule will also be tested in the low minor leagues this season. MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre told Yahoo! last month the change is supposed to shorten game times and save pitching staffs.
“Let’s see what it looks like. It’s not fun to watch when you go through your whole pitching staff and wind up bringing a utility infielder in to pitch. As much as it’s nice to talk about being at an 18-inning game, it takes time,” he said.
It’s difficult to argue with Torre’s logic. Considering stadiums routinely empty out during extra innings, it seems like fans wouldn’t be against changing the format. But Price’s objection to the idea is a reminder of the uphill climb MLB faces whenever it wants to mess with tradition.
|Red Sox notebook: John Farrell talks David Price’s elbow, Tyler Thornburg’s mystifying struggles, and what he’d change about spring training||03.05.17 at 1:10 pm ET|
FORT MYERS — With the Red Sox set to square off against the Braves on Sunday, here are some notes from John Farrell’s lengthy pregame session with reporters.
— Farrell said left-hander David Price will continue to work on conditioning and range of motion, with light strengthening, while he recovers from an elbow strain. He’ll remain shut down for another week or so.
“I know David is probably feeling better today than he has yesterday and all those are encouraging signs, but there’s going to be range of motion, light strengthening, the cardio and conditioning from a general standpoint continues until we put a ball back in his hand,” Farrell said.
Price will not throw until he’s symptom-free.
— Reliever Tyler Thornburg is off to a woeful start, and will throw on flat ground Sunday and work in the bullpen on Tuesday before returning to game action later this week in an attempt to fix his mechanics. Thornburg has allowed seven hits and nine runs in just 1.1 innings, good for a staff-worst 47.25 ERA.
“It’s been more timing in his delivery,” Farrell said. “He’s out of sync right now. His body is drifting to the plate too quick, you see a number of pitches left up of the strike zone up to his arm-side. To see him hit a guy the other day with a changeup, that just says his timing right now needs a lot of work.”
— What does Farrell dislike about spring training? “We don’t have all day, do we?” Farrell joked.
His basic issue is with the push and pull of preparing his team vs. entertaining the fans who pack JetBlue Park on a daily basis.
“We still see it as this is our vehicle to get players ready physically,” Farrell said. “And yet you walk in and there are 11,000 people, so there’s this conflict of big business and getting players ready. Not that you lose sight of that and you’re playing players all the time, but when you start getting pushback because four or five big-leaguers haven’t traveled across the [state]. There’s a lot more to balance now.”
— Farrell saluted the job first base coach Ruben Amaro has done as a third base coach in camp, but reiterated that Brian Butterfield will return to that spot in time for the start of the season. Butterfield has been slowed by a knee replacement.
“If Butter can get out there with a crutch, he’ll be out there,” Farrell said. “He’s our third base coach.”
|David Price gets good news on elbow, but long-term questions remain: ‘This was something that’s happened over a long period of time’||03.04.17 at 10:07 am ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Two of the foremost elbow specialists in the nation gave David Price exactly the news he wanted to hear on Friday. But by no means is the Red Sox left-hander out of the woods just yet.
Drs. James Andrews and Neal ElAttrache examined Price in Indianapolis on Friday and told him his sore left elbow didn’t need surgery or an injection at this time. They recommended seven to 10 days of rest, based at least in part on Price’s “unique” elbow, which is apparently built to withstand the attrition of a decade in the majors.
Price said the doctors told him the issue is in a muscle, not ligament, though he wasn’t specific with the exact nature of his injury, just that the doctors, “expected it to be much worse than it was.”
“Everything that they said, honestly, couldn’t have went any better,” Price said on Saturday. “It was almost like I paid them to tell me the stuff that I wanted to hear. That obviously wasn’t the case, but it was a good meeting, just to hear it from those two guys.”
Still, Price made it clear that whatever ailed him is the result of his long career.
“This was something that’s happened over a long period of time,” Price said. “It’s not something that just happened on Tuesday or whatever day I threw the sim game. It didn’t just happen. This is something that’s happened over the course of my career, and I’ve continued to be able to do it at a high level. That was something they both talked about. If I wasn’t still pitching at a high level, it’s something that might be a little bit different. If I was 25 or 26 years old, it might be a different scenario. But for the fact that this has gone on for a while, and I’ve continued to be able to eat up innings and to be able to throw the ball at a high level. They’re like, ‘Your elbow is extremely unique. It’s found a way to kind of heal itself.’ So it’s pretty neat.”
What this means for Price moving forward is anyone’s guess. He declined to put a timetable on his return, and acknowledged that if things don’t improve in 10 days, he’ll be meeting with more doctors.
Price said he felt some soreness while warming up for Tuesday’s sim game, though this isn’t out of the ordinary, since he typically hears a “pop” at the start of spring training that tells him his arm is loose and ready for the season. The soreness increased that night.
The difference came when he woke up completely stiff the next morning.
“The stiffness kind of set in that night, and came in in the next morning and felt like my arm wouldn’t move,” he said. “To me, that’s what was different. The stiffness, to a degree, that was nothing new, it was something you get as a pitcher especially at this stage of the season and it’s something you just get into the trainer room and you work it out and if you need to take a day from not throwing, you do that. We weren’t going to mess around and wait around, it was something we felt like was in the best interest. It’s not something you want to fiddle around with.”
He said he feels night-and-day better even now.
“From the night it happened to the next morning when I came in and then from getting the treatment that day with the training staff, I saw how much of an improvement it made in that short of a time period and then going out there and seeing those guys and the progressions it’s made on a day-to-day basis has been really, really good,” he said. “I’ve probably had 40 hours straight of no treatment, no ice, no anti-inflammatories, no nothing, nothing was in my system and for it improve the way that it has, that’s a very good sign.”
So how stiff was it?
“It was probably just a little bit more stiff,” he said. “If I felt the way that I felt yesterday right now, it’s probably something I wouldn’t even mention or I wouldn’t even say. It’s just the normal aches and pains of spring training. It’s something I prepare myself to go through every spring training and something I’ve always gotten through. It’s just a little bit more stiff this time, a little bit more inflammation and that’s why we made the decision that we made.”
As for when we might see Price again, he’s not indulging in timetables.
“If I’m not out there in 10 days, I’m sure that’s going to be the next story,” he said. “And if I’m not out there in five days, that’ll be the next story as well. So there is no timetable.”
|David Price on Twitter: Jokes about leaving NFL scouting combine to return to Fort Myers; still no word on elbow||03.03.17 at 3:01 pm ET|
If nothing else, David Price appears to be in good spirits.
The Red Sox left-hander, who left the team on Friday to seek a second opinion on his sore elbow from the renowned orthopedist, Dr. James Andrews, at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, took to Twitter to joke about rejoining the Red Sox.
Indy is a little chilly right now so I’m gonna head back to fort myers! My 40 time was 4.11…ill let one of you name my island
— David Price (@DAVIDprice24) March 3, 2017
Price leaves the biggest question of all — how he’s doing — unanswered, but judging from the tone of his message, perhaps the news he received from Andrews was positive.
Price visited the famed physician after complaining of soreness on Wednesday morning, one day after throwing 38 pitches in two simulated innings. He felt fine after his outing, but woke up sore the next day. The Red Sox gave him an MRI and thought the findings were concerning enough to seek out Andrews.
The Red Sox remain in a holding pattern for now, as John Farrell mentioned to reporters in Orlando this morning.
Perhaps Price’s jocular tweets will give them a reason to exhale.
|David Price most likely headed to Dr. James Andrews for second opinion on elbow, and that’s not good news for Red Sox||03.02.17 at 10:09 am ET|
FORT MYERS, Fla. — We were waiting for some significant news from Red Sox camp, and now we have it.
Speaking to the media Thursday morning at JetBlue Park, Red Sox manager John Farrell said that David Price has been scratched from his scheduled start Sunday due to soreness in his pitching elbow/forearm.
Price underwent an MRI and will now seek a second opinion, with the Red Sox attempting to schedule an appointment with renowned elbow specialists Dr. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who are both currently at the NFL combine in Indianapolis.
The lefty threw two innings of a simulated game Tuesday and felt increased soreness the next day.
“He’s gone through some soreness in the forearm elbow area in previous spring trainings but this one has a little more intensity to it,” Farrell said. “We have a concern for every player, particularly when they can’t make their next scheduled appearance. So he feels improved today over yesterday so that’s an encouraging sign, but still we’ve got to take every step along the way to get our arms around this in its entirety.”
Any visit to Andrews is a clear red flag, however.
“We’re taking every precaution,” Farrell said. “Yes, we are concerned, as we would be with any player. There’s a couple things. We’ve got a lot of history here with David and what his progression through spring training has been. He’s battled this seemingly in every spring training. We will acknowledge this one has a little more intensity to it, so that’s why we’re taking every step and scratching him for Sunday.
Here is John Farrell talking about David Price pic.twitter.com/DhcVbFPgr0
— Rob Bradford (@bradfo) March 2, 2017
Here is some more John Farrell talking about David Price pic.twitter.com/T3y29xMhRv
— Rob Bradford (@bradfo) March 2, 2017
|Tom Werner on David Price hearing racist taunts at Fenway: ‘We have a zero-tolerance policy for that kind of behavior’||01.20.17 at 7:29 pm ET|
MASHANTUCKET, Conn. — Whatever David Price heard in Fenway Park last season, owners John Henry and Tom Werner insist they’ll do everything in their power to ensure it doesn’t happen again.
Price told the Boston Globe last week that he heard racist taunts at Fenway last year, though he didn’t make it sound like a common occurrence. Speaking at Foxwoods before the team kicked off its Winter Weekend on Friday night, the owners expressed their dismay.
“I heard about this,” Werner said. “We haven’t talked to David, but we have a zero-tolerance policy for that kind of behavior. If we hear that somebody is taunting somebody, then he’ll be ejected from Fenway Park. As somebody who feels very strongly about this, there’s no grey area here. If this was happening with David, and I know he modified his remarks afterward and said this was something that happened to him as well previously, but there’s no behavior like that that will be tolerated.”
The owners also touched on a couple of other topics.
— On the belief that trading prospects has created a three-year window:
“I don’t think that has changed a lot since we first arrived,” Henry said. “This should be a very strong team for the next three years. There’s no way we could’ve signed every young player we have. We have so many. I think we’re good for the next three years. Beyond that, we have a terrific general manager and terrific resources, thanks to our fans. You have to feel good about this club.”
— On bringing David Ortiz out of retirement, which isn’t happening:
“He has not indicated that that’s of interest to him,” Werner said. “He knows that we’d love to figure out some way for him to be an important part of the organization going forward. We’re going to be seeing him next week [in the Dominican Republic] and beyond that, I think he’s having a good time in his offseason. I think he’s learning how to play tennis.”
— On signing Mookie Betts and/or Xander Bogaerts to contract extensions:
“It is important, but it takes two,” Henry said. “We’ll do everything we can.”
|David Price tells Globe he heard racial taunts in Fenway Park||01.13.17 at 8:12 pm ET|
Before David Price ever joined the Red Sox, he intimated that their fans could be particularly nasty towards him on social media.
It appears that behavior extended to Fenway Park.
In a lengthy interview with the Boston Globe from his native Nashville, Price said that bullpen catcher Mike Brenly and security had to stand up for him as he took abuse while warming up during a disappointing debut season.
The taunts occasionally turned racial in nature, the paper reported.
“I got it all,” Price told the paper. “It’s all right. I don’t care about that. My mom is white and my dad is black. I’ve heard that since I’ve been in school. There’s nothing you can say to me that I haven’t heard before. Your ignorance is not going to affect what I’m trying to do. But I feel sad it’s still out there.”
|Red Sox manager John Farrell not ready to name Opening Day starter||12.06.16 at 6:32 pm ET|
On a team with two former Cy Young award winners — including the reigning champ — what happens when you add a pitcher everyone assumes will claim the award himself one day?
If you’re Red Sox manager John Farrell, the first question you’re asked is who starts on Opening Day?
Conducting his annual press conference at the Winter Meetings in Maryland on Monday, Farrell told reporters he doesn’t know which if his aces will take the hill when the Red Sox open the season in April against the Pirates.
It could be defending Cy Young winner Rick Porcello. It could be $217 million former winner David Price. Or it could be potential future winner Chris Sale, acquired from the White Sox in a blockbuster earlier in the day.
“Oh, geez. Are you sitting in for Jonny Miller or what?” Farrell joked of the long-time WBZ reporter who likes to ask tough questions. “We’ll have plenty of time to figure that out. But the way that Rick emerged last year — first of all, just you think about Chris Sale as an addition, you think about the returning guys, another year in the progression of Eddie Rodriguez, I think as he continues to understand who he is as a pitcher and what makes him the most effective, David Price obviously, Steven Wright, get him back on track. And that’s not to leave out Drew Pomeranz or Clay Buchholz.
“There’s a surplus right now, but when you think about the high end of it, this is an exciting group.”
Where Sale slots into the rotation will be fascinating to watch. He’s probably the most talented of the three, though Farrell will have plenty of time to sort out the answer to that question.
|Red Sox president Sam Kennedy on OM&F: John Farrell ‘the right guy to continue to lead this franchise’||10.12.16 at 11:55 am ET|
Red Sox president Sam Kennedy checked in with Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Wednesday morning, following Tuesday’s press conference in which the team announced John Farrell will return as manager. To hear the interview, go to the OM&F audio on demand page.
Kennedy supported Tuesday’s decision on Farrell, saying, “I think he’s the right guy to continue to lead this franchise.”
However, Kennedy was unclear where the team stands on Farrell’s 2018 option. President of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday that it would be ownership’s call.
“Dave will make a recommendation to ownership, and I have a seat at that table. We’ll talk about that in the coming days, to be sure,” Kennedy explained. “He knew he was going to get that question [about Farrell’s future] yesterday, again, right after a tough loss, and just wanted to address what we all knew, which was John will be back next year. [Dombrowski] will sit down and talk with us, specifically John Henry and Tom Werner, about a lot of these operations issues that we’re facing now in the immediate aftermath of going out in the postseason, including John Farrell’s option. So that will be discussed. But there’s a lot of other decisions that have to be made as well. Some will be recommendations from Dave, and some will just be firm decisions that he’s empowered to make on his own.”
Looking at the team’s disappointing performance in the ALDS, Kennedy said he can’t pinpoint a clear reason for the sweep at the hands of the Indians.
“What makes this the best baseball market on the planet is that we’d all love to try and point to one or two specific things,” Kennedy said. “I know my dad, for example, has his theories. He didn’t like the night in New York, after clinching the division and losing that awful game against the Yankees. Others may be quick to point to celebrations for David Ortiz.
“Look, if I knew what caused such a struggle with the bat in the postseason and not pitch our best, I’d probably be doing something else for a living, because I can’t point to a specific incident other than we just fell short of expectations. It was incredibly frustrating to watch those three games, because we felt we were positioned for a deep postseason run. At the end of the day, we didn’t get it done. I tip my cap to Terry Francona and [team president] Chris Antonetti and everyone at the Cleveland Indians. They beat us, and we have to tip our cap to them, as painful as it is to do that.”
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