The short answer is of course not, but my feelings on Price have certainly changed for the better. For those interested in what specifically has changed my mind, keep reading, if not, thanks for playing and come back anytime…
Ok, now that they are gone, let me take you through my opinion on David Price and how it has changed (or not) over the last 2+ months.
Most of us would agree that Price showed us something we haven’t seen over his previous 2 years in a Red Sox uniform this October: Grit and Balls. He stepped on the mound and pitched his heart out late in the postseason and was a pivotal reason the Red Sox were 2018 World Series Champions (seriously can’t type that phrase enough). He fought through adversity and stepped up in a big way. In those same spots in the past, he has shriveled and found every excuse in the book to justify failure (i.e. my hands weren’t warm enough to go out and play, I played too much Fortnite and now have carpal tunnel). With Chris Sale not 100%, the Red Sox desperately needed others to step up in the rotation and Price took that to heart. He performed at the highest level when it counted the most; an unfamiliar refrain when describing Price.
Beyond the grit, Price showed me that he knows how to be a loyal teammate. He appeared to be an important voice in the clubhouse for the other pitchers on the staff and stood by others side when they needed him most. Specifically, he stayed with Nathan Eovaldi after his epic, damn near heroic, performance in game 3 of the World Series. Into the wee hours of the night, he remained by his side and showed the whole world what it means to support your teammates. Some would argue he knew cameras would follow Eovaldi and wanted to get the attention (the thought has crossed my mind once or twice), but I still respect Price for the act of selflessness after what was a mentally and physically exhausting game. Everyone just wanted to go home and rest, but Price felt compelled to stay.
Words I honestly never thought I would type: I respect David Price. He earned my respect by mostly keeping his mouth shut and pitching, which is what I have been hoping he would do for the better part of 3 years now. Price pitched really well when the season was on the line and his teammates needed him to step up. Respect is earned or lost over time and his vault was damn near empty before late October until he put it in high gear and pushed the Red Sox past the finish line. His willingness to come out of the bullpen on short rest and contribute in whatever way possible earned my respect.
On the flipside, every time he opens his mouth, even in victory, he sounds like a conceited dick. He can’t go 2 minutes without sounding like either a)he doesn’t care, or b)he is completely void of joy. Even when the words coming out of his mouth are what you want and expect from someone in that position, he sounds like he’s reading off a cue-card (not a well written one mind you). After re-watching this video over and over, the player he most reminds me of is J.D. Drew. Similarly, Drew struggled most of his time in Boston, but had a big moment or two in the postseason. Mr. Personality.
Ultimately, everyone needs to make their own assessment on Price, but he earned a significant amount of respect in my book and my opinion on him has dramatically improved (to be fair, it was so damn low before that any improvement is significant). At this moment, I’m happy Price is a member of the Boston Red Sox and look forward to seeing what next year will bring, but respect and likability is fleeting. Especially for Price.