On December 4, 2015, David Price signed a 7 year – $217 Million Dollar contract and I was ecstatic. At the time, the Red Sox really needed a true ace, and I mistakenly thought that Price was the guy.
Boy was I wrong.
Price has a $217 Million Dollar arm, a 2 cent brain and a 1 cent heart.
Since joining the Red Sox, Price has been nothing but a nightmare. Aside from his pitching woes and total lack of consistency (The last 2 seasons are #1 and #2 the highest season ERA’s since his rookie season in 2009), he’s been a total cancer to the clubhouse.
Then there’s the whole scene with Dennis Eckerlsey. A total sh*t show that has dragged on now for over a week. After Eck (a hall of famer) was critical of the team, this incident happened:
Price was standing near the middle of the team aircraft, surrounded by fellow players, waiting for Eckersley. When Eckersley approached, on his way to the back of the plane (Sox broadcasters traditionally sit in the rear of the aircraft), a grandstanding Price stood in front of Eckersley and shouted, ‘Here he is—the greatest pitcher who ever lived! This game is easy for him!’ “When a stunned Eckersley tried to speak, Price shot back with, ‘Get the [expletive] out of here!’
You don’t do that, you don’t do that to Hall of Famers. Eck has more talent than Price wishes he could ever have. At least Eck could pitch in the post season and win a big game. This incident happened over a week ago, and it’s still eating Price up apparently. In an interview just two days ago, he showed zero remorse for the confrontation. This guy lacks any leadership when he should be one of the guys that rally’s this team. Between him and Pedroia, this team needs a stand up guy, and it’s not Price.
David only cares about himself. This “injury” he has is without a doubt a phantom injury. The reason, Price is afraid to pitch at Fenway. Since the scene, Price hasn’t pitched at Fenway, he’s doing everything in his power to avoid the fans there. Because he hates the fans, and the fans hate him and he’s as soft as a grape.
Price is a cancer. There’s no doubt about it. This team right now has the sort of feel as it did when Bobby V. was the manager. And it shows in the teams performance as of late. Since the incident, the Sox have seen their 2 game division lead disappear into a 2 game deficit.
Now an apparent arm injury looms, an injury that will most likely lead to the same exact thing as Pablo Sandoval. Turning the contract into an entire waste of money. Even if the Red Sox want to unload him, it’s going to be hard to find a taker of a nearly 32 year old pitcher making $31 Million Dollars a year that can’t perform and has a nagging elbow issue.
After 2018, Price can opt out, but why would he if there are no takers, he can sit there and collect for 4 more years. Unreal….
Update: Back channel efforts… What is this, North Korea?
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