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Gracious David Price explains what he was really thinking while ending postseason drought

John Tomase
December 13, 2018 - 11:06 am

Red Sox left-hander David Price sounded defiant after winning the World Series and officially exorcising his postseason demons, admonishing reporters that, "I hold all the cards now."

But in a podcast with fellow Vanderbilt grad and former NFL wide receiver Earl Bennett, Price expressed a more introspective tone while explaining what the World Series title meant to him.

"It definitely feels good, but to me it's not about proving people wrong," Price said. "It's about proving myself right. That's my whole thing."

Price entered the playoffs winless in nine postseason starts, and he extended that streak to 11 vs. the Yankees and Astros before righting the ship in the clinching Game 5 vs. Houston. He then won Games 2 and 5 of the World Series vs. the Dodgers, with a scoreless relief outing in between, and easily could've been named MVP over Steve Pearce.

When it was all over, so was his legacy of playoff failure.

"I don’t care what people say," Price said. "You hear some of it, yeah. So be it. It comes with the territory. It's part of where I signed. It's a big part of how much money I signed for and I understand to have the struggles that I'd had in October I guess leading up to my third start this year . . . and then Game 5 in Houston and two starts in the World Series, that's how I envisioned myself pitching in October.

"To be able to get to that point and be able to step up the way that myself and my teammates did, and for us to be able to be World Series champions, that was the whole thing to me."

Price added that if he were to choose between personal success and a World Series loss or continued personal failure and a title, the decision would be easy.

"It's not about David Price," he said. "This is about the Boston Red Sox and for us to be World Series champions, and for me to be able to pitch the way they that I did, that was extremely special. I thank the Lord for allowing that to happen. It gives me goosebumps."