Tuesday, March 7, 2017

In an interview with the Boston Globe, David Price once again shows that he is not cut out for Boston

Stan Grossfeld of the Boston Globe joined David Price for his commute to the ballpark and had a Q&A session with him. While parts of the interview were the typical Globe nut lick fest, with questions about Price's dog and praising him for bringing the Red Sox staff members coffee every morning, Grossfeld did get into questions about Price's relationship with the fans, much more so than I expected. 

Price acknowledged that he didn't think he had a great season last year. He states that while he did some things well, it definitely wasn't good enough for him or the fans:

Nah, I don’t feel like I had a very good season. I definitely did a lot of things well. I made 35 starts; I’ve never done that in my career. I led the entire baseball, led the entire league in innings — 220-something strikeouts [228]. There are a lot of people that would do a lot to have that season. But for me, in this city, that ain’t nowhere near good enough. I definitely understand that and I’ll do everything I can to be better.

After Grossfeld talks about Price riding a bike in Boston and his "sweet shoes, man," Price gets back into the tension with the fans and oddly enough, the reporters: 

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?

Evan Drellich, Red Sox beat writer for the Herald, asked on Twitter why David Price never invited any of the media members to a charity event. What stopped Price from calling a press conference to discuss something his charity is doing? Of course nut licker Pete Abe jumped on Drellich, saying that if Price did that he would receive blowback for seeking attention for his charity, which is an unbelievably dumb take. Would some people fire off at him? Yeah probably, maybe some 60 year old man with 12 followers or some Twitter eggs, but for the most part people would be fine with him raising awareness about his charity. Price is just so deep in his own head. He takes a sample of Twitter blowback and blows it up to think the entire city is out to get him, so much so that he thinks people do not care at all about his charity. And to act like the media is out to get him is lunacy. Sure he recieved some criticism, but as a whole the beat writers aren't hard on the players at all. 

When asked about Price discussing his 0-8 playoff record (on twitter), he said:

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.

For someone who seems to be very concerned with his image with the fans, Price seems to be contradicting himself. He says that people get on him for not playing up to their expectations, and the only way to get on their good side is to play well. If he was really pissed about this he should put his head down and grind until his performance lives up to his contract. Instead he thinks the best method is drawing more attention to his horrendous playoff record. You don't beat people to the joke on Twitter. It is not a real life argument where you can beat someone to the punch. Twitter is a cesspool of trolls, myself included. If you feel the trolls they are only going to come back hungrier and come at you harder.

Stringing together a few quotes from price here as he closed out the discussion. As anyone can see, he is clearly not in a good place, and definitely not mentally in the place that a $30M per year ace should be:

People in Boston don’t know anything about me. The only thing I have to do is pitch good. People don’t care about what I do or the type of person that I am. That doesn’t matter...It doesn’t matter to these people in Boston. I’ve got to go out there and earn respect by pitching well. Period. That’s the only thing that’s going to turn the page for me in Boston. I’ve got to go out there and dominate. People don’t care what I do off the field... They don’t care. If they care, I wouldn’t have went through all that crap that I went through last year. If they cared. Period. You have to be in my shoes. If you lived it...If you lived it and you told me they cared, OK. If you experienced it on a day-to-day basis — everything — you wouldn’t think that. They don’t care. I’m David Price the pitcher; I’m not a person...(Referencing Price bringing in Starbucks every morning)...People don’t care. I’m going to catch crap for bringing in Starbucks — sorry this is not Dunkin’ Donuts. I’m going to catch crap for that 100 percent. I could quote John 3:16 right now and I would get nothing but negativity. Period. You can’t please everybody.

Yikes. The way Price speaks here you would think that people were egging his house or keying his car on a daily basis. He took some crap on Twitter and maybe got heckled by a few fans in the bleachers. "You have to be in my shoes." If I was in Price's shoes I would be making $30M per year. And yes, I understand that everyone goes through different struggles. However, when you are making $30M per year and underperforming you cant let the twitter eggs and hecklers get to you.

Price seems to be taking the road that Carl Crawford took. It starts slow, he takes some criticism. Then in Price's case he starts firing off some tweets about his playoff record. Now he is letting lose to the public that he thinks the whole city, fans and reporters included, is out to get him.

What makes this situation worse is that the Red Sox are not even close to being the most talked about team in the city. Everyone's focus is on the Patriots, and the Red Sox are a distant second. There is no way that this mindset doesn't seep into his performance on the field. If Price was a mentally tough pitcher you might think that the haters would motivate him. I think differently.

Being a starting pitcher takes mental toughness. He practically has a meltdown and acts like he is completely alone and doesn't have a single fan in Boston. Price ends the discussion talking about how he wants to win a playoff game. It takes mental toughness to win in the playoffs. Getting that win will be a tough feat, because mentally David Price is as soft as baby shit.

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