Monday’s Mashup: David Price ‘couldn’t be happier’ with Dodgers after Red Sox trade

Lucy Burdge
March 02, 2020 - 7:37 am

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MLB: Exhibition: Boston at Detroit, 1:05 p.m. (WEEI-AM 850)


-- David Price seems thrilled to be out of Boston. 

Price was traded from the Red Sox to the Dodgers last month and made it known this weekend he loves his new team. 

“I’ve only been here a couple of weeks but I really couldn’t be happier,” Price said. “It’s such a big difference from Boston to here,” he said. “Really, it’s night and day.”

The pitcher said he expected to be mobbed by reporters after his first outing in Dodgers camp but was surprised to be relatively left alone.

“That was a big day for me, a very big day,’’ Price said. “I came in, got undressed, showered, came back to my locker, and stood there for 10 or 15 minutes. There were maybe two or three (reporters) hanging out, talking to other guys, and nobody came over to talk to me about my day. I couldn’t believe it.”

“It was like after me and Mookie (Betts) had our introductory press conference at Dodger Stadium,” he continued. “We walk off the field when it was all done, and Mookie  says, 'That’s it? Is this a joke?'"

“Look, it’s not like I wanted to be traded,” Price said. “I was grateful for my four years in Boston. I went there to win, and we won. But if I had a list of the top three or four teams I would have wanted to be traded to, LA would definitely have been on it. I’m honored to be part of this franchise and it’s place in history.”

-- As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread, professional sports leagues are monitoring the situation and are continuing games as scheduled, for now. 

“The health and safety of our employees, teams, players and fans is paramount,” the NBA said in a statement. “We are coordinating with our teams and consulting with the CDC and infectious disease specialists on the coronavirus and continue to monitor the situation closely.”

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the league has been in contact with health officials in Canada for the league’s international teams. 

“We are in regular communication with our clubs on the issue and have passed along best practices being recommended by CDC and Public Health Canada medical experts,” Daly said. “Most of these steps are common-sense precautions, but there definitely involves consciousness-raising.”

The NFL is also keeping an eye on the situation. 

“We are closely monitoring developments and have been in contact with the World Health Organization, CDC, and the NFL-NFLPA medical experts at the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network program for infection prevention,’’ NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. “We will continue those discussions throughout our offseason.’’

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “He’s coming back.” -- Julian Edelman, on Tom Brady, while sitting next to Brady at the Syracuse-North Carolina basketball game Saturday afternoon