David Price had some real issues with Trump-like Twitter exchanges during the 2016 season. Price’s poor performances – at least “poor” for $32 Million – drew some Red Sox Nation outrage and mutual broadsides were exchanged. Hey, David, have you ever heard of “Johnny from Burger King?”
Price certainly knows how to select battles he has absolutely no chance of winning or endearing himself to the media and fans. In 2017 it escalated to a kerfuffle with broadcaster/analyst Dennis Eckersley. This followed on the heels of some rather pointed and obscenity-laced comments directed at the media. So, the ax to grind was ready.
Seems Mr. Price took exception to some honest evaluation by Eckersley of just regarding pitching. Management at all levels had the immediate and Red Sox like response to doing the turtle. All crickets from Manager John Farrell to the executive level. As Jerry Jones would say “running the asylum” – I will sanitize Jones’ comment and made the necessary revision.
Price is making himself a noted public enemy with his behaviors, but there is always some glimmer of the positive. The historic playoff dysfunctional Price suddenly found some minor redemption working out of the bullpen in the playoffs, but, hey – they still lost.
It is a long road back for Price who must now win the fans back after being paid zillions and just not earning it. A 20+ win season and some playoff perfection could make Price feel the love of Red Sox Nation.