Red Sox: David Price welcomes back teammate Nathan Eovaldi
By Sean Penney
Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price welcomes back teammate Nathan Eovaldi on social media following the news that he right-hander re-signed with the team.
Everyone is pumped up about the news that Nathan Eovaldi has re-signed with the Boston Red Sox. That includes his teammate, David Price.
The Red Sox signed Eovaldi to a four-year, $68 million deal on Thursday, ensuring the postseason hero would remain with the club for the foreseeable future. Never a stranger to using social media, Price took to his Instagram platform to welcome back Nasty Nate.
Price posted a picture of he and Eovaldi together at the duck boat parade celebrating Boston’s World Series championship. The veteran lefty is holding a sign above Eovaldi’s head with his name on it, as if anyone in this city wouldn’t recognize him after what he accomplished in the playoffs.
Eovaldi was sensational in his first taste of postseason action. The right-hander went 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, and 16 strikeouts over 22 1/3 innings split between the rotation and bullpen. He won both of his starts, beating the New York Yankees in the ALDS and the Houston Astros in the ALCS. Eovaldi’s versatility was on display as he made four relief appearances following those two starts. He made it clear to Alex Cora that he wanted the ball and was ready to go whenever the manager called upon him.
The one loss he suffered came at the end of an 18-inning marathon in the World Series. Eovaldi salvaged the bullpen with a heroic six-inning effort that endeared him to Red Sox Nation. They may have lost that game but Eovaldi carrying a heavy workload kept the bullpen from burning out, ensuring the fallout from that extra-innings affair wouldn’t cost them any more games in that series.
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Eovaldi proved himself willing to put the team ahead of himself and that he’s a great teammate. It’s no surprise that Price is thrilled to have him back. We all are! Price may have another reason to be celebrating Eovaldi’s return though. Sure, a guy that helped win a World Series is great to have but Eovaldi sticking around means Price has a buddy to play Fortnite with!
Price couldn’t help himself from throwing a bit of shade in his hashtag, claiming Eovaldi is a “scrub” on Fortnite. It’s well documented that Price spends a fair amount of time playing his favorite video game. Not only does he give Price someone to play the game with on road trips, Eovaldi’s apparent lack of Fortnite skills may make him an easy target.
The rest of us could care less about how Eovaldi fares playing video games. We know the skills he brings to the mound. The Red Sox are going to need his talented right arm to defend their title, which is reason enough to be excited about the news that he’s sticking around.