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Alex Cora says David Price saved his best for last following World Series-clinching Game 5

Ryan Hannable
October 29, 2018 - 1:56 am

This season certainly had its ups and downs for David Price, but it ended on a high note and according to manager Alex Cora, it was the highest.

In the World Series-clinching Game 5, Price went seven-plus innings, allowing one earned run on three hits, while striking out five and walking two in his second win of the series. The one run allowed came on a David Freese homer, which was evidentially the first pitch Price threw.

Speaking after the game, Cora said it was Price's best performance of the season.

"I'm very proud of him," he said to reporters. "There's a lot of people that gave up on him throughout the season. A lot of people that gave up on him after his outing against New York. But we knew that he's one of the best pitchers in are the Big Leagues, and he cares, he wants to win, and finally his World Series win."

Cora added: "He was in command. That was his best outing for the season."

Game 5 was supposed to be Chris Sale's turn and it wasn't until immediately following Game 4 that Cora told Price he would get the ball.

The Red Sox manager praised Price as a teammate, who apparently after Game 3 stayed late at the park to be with Nathan Eovaldi after he suffered the loss in the 18-inning game and needed treatment.

"He's one of the leaders in the clubhouse," said Cora. "He's a great teammate. He cares about them. He's always paying attention to details and trying to help them to improve, from Eduardo [Rodriguez] to Chris [Sale] and Nate [Eovaldi]. He's always in their bullpens. He's looking at film of hitters. He's paying attention to what's going on on the field. He's a complete player. I know he didn't get a hit today, but whatever.

"But he's been great. Between Chris, Rick [Porcello] and David, we have a great relationship. We run a lot of stuff through them, they're the spokesmen of the team. What they like they let me know. What I don't like I let them know. So he's a leader. He's a leader. And I'm just happy that now he's a world champ. Obviously, as everybody else there. I can't wait for him to get to Ft. Myers next year and talk to us all about what's going to happen next year, and he doesn't have to look to the past. People don't have to bring that up anymore."

Price can opt-out of his contract for his remaining four years, but needs to decide that in the coming days.

But for now, all he cares about is that he's a World Series champion.

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