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Bradford: This David Price story deserves its own chapter

October 09, 2017 - 1:37 am

Somebody named "David" was pretty good at baseball Sunday afternoon.

He was everything anybody would want from a member of a Red Sox team that was either going to win or go home. This was the kind of postseason relief pitching that helped defined an organization's playoff history, just like Pedro Martinez' six innings of no-hit ball in the decisive 1999 American League Division Series in Cleveland. It was that impressive, that important.

And also that unique, as Red Sox bench coach Gary DiSarcina helped portray when describing what it was like each of the four times "David" came off the mound.

"It was just David coming off the mound saying, 'I got it.' He walked by John and Carl and just kept saying, 'I got it,'" DiSarcina told after the Red Sox' 10-3, Game 3 ALDS win over the Astros.

"I think he was on a mission tonight. You could see it on his face when he came off. He just kept saying, 'I got it.' And I'm like, 'Oh, man.' I really enjoyed the way he said it when he was coming in because it was before anyone would ask him. Dave is on the top step and he knows what's coming. It was pretty cool. It was comforting for me because you have so many things going on and sometimes they're OK with getting the hook and sometimes they aren't. He was just like, 'No, you're not going to ask me. I'm good.' I just thought that was awesome. It was the way he said it. Very confident."

This "Dave" would have seemed to offer the kind of image this cynical Red Sox fan base has seemingly been thirsting for.

"He's got some old school in him," DiSarcina said.

"Just the attitude of helping the team and doing whatever it takes," added Red Sox assistant pitching coach Brian Bannister added. "He took his game to another level. To see a guy like that who has gone through tough times this year medically to just raise his game to another level was extremely impressive. It shows a lot of character and a lot of heart. The pitches he made were just outstanding. That's the best hitting team in baseball and he did what it took to get them out."

Here's the catch: The story of "David" was authored by the guy so many didn't want to reference for much of the season. The contract. The controversies. The defiance. That was another story. Tell it another time. When you've spent an afternoon saving a season, it deserves its own chapter.

"So the story of this one is David Price, clearly," said Red Sox manager John Farrell.

This one has to stand on it's own. When you've done what David has done, serving as the Red Sox' seemingly singular lifeline, it has to be separated from Price's problems. This pitcher has fend off a questionable elbow to pitch 15 1/3 shutout innings, including 6 2/3 innings over a three-day span that included 38 pitches in Game 2 and 57 this time around.

The Red Sox basically couldn't have survived without David telling his manager "I got it" after blanking what had seemed like an unstoppable Houston offense. But he did, so the story is not done.

"Pitching suits me well and that's what I did," the pitcher said. "It has nothing to do with relieving or starting, I just threw the ball well today."

He's got this. This time, David is right on the money.

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