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John Farrell on David Price: Some things he might not personally like about Boston

Brooks Sutherland
July 25, 2017 - 4:41 pm

David Price has had his odds with the Boston media this season.

Shortly after Price had a run-in with CSNNE reporter Evan Drellich, Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe revealed on Sunday details of what went on between Price and NESN analyst Dennis Eckersley in what was reported as an “incident” between the two on the team plane to Toronto on June 29.

Speaking with Dale & Holley on Tuesday before the Red Sox look to bounce back at Seattle, manager John Farrell spoke about the incident, how it was handled and the fallout from the article.

He also spoke about Price, and if he feels the lefty likes being in Boston.  

“Well, I mean there are probably some things that he might not agree with, he might not personally like,” Farrell said. “I can say this, the way the guy is going out and competing that hasn’t taken away. … He’s going out and competing to the best of his ability and he’s throwing the ball very well. Granted last start in LA, probably a little bit less than the previous six or so that’s he’s made. But I think the way he’s coming out and throwing the baseball has not been taken away by whether it’s a dislike or a feeling about Boston or the city he’s pitching in.”

Price signed a seven-year, $217 million dollar contract with the organization in 2016 and has an opt-out clause in 2018. 

Farrell said Tuesday that he didn’t think Price was more thin-skinned than others, and also added Price has some leadership qualities they rely on.

“I can’t say that,” he said when asked about Price being thin-skinned.” I know David is active on social media. But as far as that taking away from his work and how he goes out and competes, I can’t say that he’s any more or less than other guys."

Added Farrell: “He’s a leader in his performance, certainly. And he’s vocal, he’s active with his teammates.”

Despite off the field issues, Price has put together some solid starts for the Red Sox after returning from injury early in the season. The 31-year-old is 5-3 with an ERA of 3.82 and has 63 strikeouts in 66 innings.