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'I wish he would just go away:' David Price made all of your favorite WEEI personalities look downright silly

Alex Reimer
October 29, 2018 - 4:48 pm

Just three weeks ago, the vitriol directed towards David Price reached an apex. The most expensive pitcher in baseball history, whose teams remained winless in his 10 playoff starts, delivered the worst October stinker of his career: 1.2 innings, three runs, two home runs against the vaunted Yankees. The Fenway Faithful showered him with boos on his long walk to the Red Sox dugout, and his future with the organization was in doubt. The question wasn’t whether Price could start another playoff game for the Red Sox again. It was whether he could start another game in Boston. Period.

The caterwauling didn’t appear to be hyperbolic, either. Price’s loss to the Yankees in Game 2 of the ALDS was his latest atrocious outing against the Red Sox’ arch rival, who batted him around to the tune of a 10.34 ERA this season. Alex Cora talked about how still had faith in the enigmatic lefty, but it seemed like the manager’s words were the baseball equivalent of putting lipstick on a $217 million pig. 

Now, four playoff starts later, Price is a World Series hero. His Game 5 outing against the Dodgers on three days’ rest –– seven innings, one run, five strikeouts –– will go down as one of the greatest clinching game performances in franchise history. In Price’s last three starts, he went at least six innings and allowed three hits or fewer. The man who couldn’t win in the postseason just put together an all-time playoff run. 

And here at WEEI, we have lots of crow to eat. Judging by our reaction in the immediate aftermath of Price’s ALDS monstrosity, none of us saw this coming. Price does indeed hold the trump card. 

John Tomase (10/6): “David Price delivers another playoff disaster and this one reeks like roadkill.”

“With Aaron Judge looming, Cora knew better than to give the slugger another shot at Price, not after his first swing had sent a baseball screaming over 113 mph to the farthest reaches of the Monster seats in left-center. And so Price trudged off the mound, his dead caribou leaving a trail of blood and viscera and putrefaction that will only continue decomposing until the redemption cycle restarts anew . . . unless the Red Sox season ends first.

“Where we go from here is anyone's guess. Price's exceptional second half feels fictional. The signature moments of his season involve varying degrees of surrender to the Yankees -- leaving with frostbite or whatever in April, allowing five homers in July, extending his run of postseason futility in particularly ghastly fashion on Saturday. … This is not where David Price or the Red Sox wanted to be, back at zero, wondering how much weight he can carry to the mound before he collapses and suffocates.”

Mike Mutnansky (10/7): “It doesn’t feel like he can be a member of the Red Sox next year.”

“I would put (Price) as the 25th of 25 guys. He is pitching in two situations: mop-up duty, and maybe situational lefty in a game that might still be in the balance. 

“It doesn’t feel like he can be a member of the Red Sox next year. When the pressure is not at its highest, David Price is a very good pitcher. Given his track record now in the postseason, when the pressure is ratcheted up, he falls flat on his face. I am convinced, whether he opts out of the deal or not, he will not be here next year. … How do you bring him back after that start last night?”

Rich Keefe (10/7): “You might just be stuck with him.”

“Is he ever going to pitch again for the Red Sox? I think that’s a fair question. … The only reason he’d be back, is because he opts in, and they can’t a trade partner. You might just be stuck with him. I think that’s a realistic possibility.”

Gerry Callahan (10/8): “It will get worse (for David Price).”

“He’s got the weight of the world on his shoulders, and he buckled. It will get worse. Maybe some day he’ll pitch well in the postseason, maybe three years from now when he’s pitching in St. Louis he’ll win a game. But it isn’t going to happen here, and it sure isn’t going to happen against the Yankees.

“I know he’s had a lot of failures, but I’ve never seen one as devastating as this. It sucked the life out of the ballpark, the team. Right there when they yanked David Price, I said, ‘They’re going to lose the series.’ I will be stunned if the 108-win Boston Red Sox win this series.”

Lou Merloni (10/8): “I never want to see you on the mound again.”

“It’s over. It’s done. I don’t need anymore proof. … He will never win in the postseason. I don’t care if he wins the next six Cy Young (awards). He will never, ever, ever do it. When it’s in the postseason, he loses his mind. … He runs from it, he just hides from it, he prays he’s never going to get another opportunity. He can tell you all day long that he can’t wait for another shot. He’s dreading the day Cora says ‘you got the ball again.’ He does not want to pitch. He wants nothing to do with this entire postseason. I wish he would just go away. Go away. I never want to see you on the mound again. Ever!”

Christian Fauria (10/8): “He’s just weak.”

“In the end, he’s just weak. When it comes to postseason play, the pressure gets to him. The Yankees get to him. For me to assume he could’ve figured it out, especially the way he ended the season, I’m an idiot.”

Yours truly (10/11): “There’s no way hell in you could think David Price is going to pitch well.”

“There’s no way in hell you could’ve watched David Price Saturday night, or watched David Price for the entirety of his playoff career, and think he’s going to pitch well. I don’t care about the matchup against the Yankees, about how Fenway Park is a better place for him than Minute Maid Park. I don’t care about any of that stuff. David Price doesn’t pitch well in October. It doesn’t seem like he can handle the pressure. Clutch exists, clutch is real.” 

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