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David Price Fan Of His Teammates, But Not Of Boston Or The Media Here



Boston Red Sox Pitcher David Price Is A Big Fan Of His Teammates, But Not The City Of Boston Or The Media That Covers The Team

Another season, another player for the Boston Red Sox voicing his displeasure towards the city of Boston and the media that covers the team.

Veteran pitcher David Price has had trouble adjusting to Boston and the culture/pressure that comes with being a member of the Red Sox. In his second year with the team he has decided to shut the city and the media out and just focus on his teammates.

Speaking with the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy, Price voiced his thoughts on the city, his teammates, along with his thoughts on the media and the way they have covered him during his time here. During his entire conversation with Shaughnessy, the one thing Price sounded positive on was the 24 other guys in the clubhouse.

“I love my teammates, man,” Price said. “That’s what I came here for. I came here to be with these young guys and to have a chance to win a World Series. We have that opportunity, not just for this year but for a long time coming. That’s what I want to be a part of.”

Price was asked if he’s more cautious in Boston than he was playing in other cities. He insisted he has been the same, the only difference is he has stopped talking to the media every year.

“I’m not cautious,” he said. “I’m the same me. I don’t talk to the media every day like I did last year and I guess I get blown up for that. But I was honest with everything they asked me last year and I get blown up for that. So they did this to themselves. Talk to me on the day I pitch and that’s it. There are no more personal interviews. There are no more asking me questions on a personal level. That’s done.”

Price’s viewpoint is that the media has negatively portrayed him in an unfair way, and that is fair with many members of the media being critical of Price and the way he has handled himself. He has been very open in the past, maybe too open for his own good. Boston is a tough city with a lot of passionate fans and members of the media who cover the teams with a similar passion. Price declined to talk about whether or not he feels people are rooting for him succeed, instead he talked about his teammates and the organization

“I know I’ve got 24 guys in this clubhouse and all our coaches rooting for me, and my family and my friends,” he said. “That’s all I need. Whatever anybody else wants to do, that’s on them. I’m fine. I’m at peace.”

“I love this team. We’ve got a really good team. I like the organization. Everybody’s been there for me for the entire time through the ups and downs. Everything. They’ve shown a tremendous amount of support for me, so I’m going to give it back.”

One thing Price should know is that fans are not out to get him, they are not rooting against him. Fans want to see their teams succeed and in turn, the players on the team. But then again he gets a lot of his information on the city and the fans from Twitter, even though he made his best attempt to deny it.

“I don’t open up Twitter and read notifications,” Price said. “That’s not what I use it for. I know it’s perceived a lot differently. I can reply to four or five responses in 30 seconds. That takes 30 seconds of my day. I guess people think I’m just on there all day long and that is by far not the case. Days go on where I don’t open Twitter.”

Price has performed well in his two starts for Boston this season, all he has to do is perform and perform well for the Fenway Faithful to get behind him and maybe it will turn around his closed off opinion of Red Sox fans. The media has been tough on him, for signing the massive contract, to not pitching up to his capability or his use of social media or even the way he ran out of Pawtucket in his second rehab start.

Price has had a rough go of it, but Boston can be a city of second chances, just ask David Ortiz or Jae Crowder. Fans love to see a player succeed, and with Price, they are hoping to see him win here for a long time.

Tanner founded Trifecta Network in Spring of 2016 and has been the Chief of Content for the Network since that time. Currently Tanner covers all the sports teams in Boston and has contacts in many of the teams in the city. Before starting Trifecta, Tanner was a Site Expert for the FanSided site Chowder and Champions before leaving to cover Boston teams on the ground as a member of the media for Trifecta.

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Red Sox Rumor: Jackie Bradley Jr. Being Shopped For Trade



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With the Boston Red Sox looking to acquire a power bat this offseason to keep up with the Yankees they are reportedly shopping a core member of their current team.

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today the player Boston is shopping is center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. One potential destination for Bradley is the Chicago Cubs. Chicago has been connected to Boston with slugger Kyle Schwarber potentially being available.

Schwarber has mashing power but has had issues at the plate having a .211 average last season that caused the Cubs to send the home run hitter back to the minors last June.

Bradley who hit 26 home runs two seasons ago fell back to 17 home runs this past season with a .245 batting average. His fielding ability though makes up for any shortcomings he has at the plate and his contract status could be very appealing in the trade market. Bradley Jr. has three years of arbitration remaining on his contract.

If Boston moves on from Bradley the likely scenario of outfield positioning would be moving Andrew Benintendi over to center field keeping Mookie Betts out in right field.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Stanton in Pinstripes Edition



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The snow is now cascading down upon us with indifferent wrath. Today, Boston saw the first real Winter Storm of the impending season. And while you were outside futilely efforting to resist nature, with your shovels and snowblowers, the World of Baseball fractured entirely.

If you haven’t heard by now, you live under the most obscure rock in existence. The New York Yankees have purportedly acquired Giancarlo Stanton from Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins. 

Stanton is currently going through the formality of physicals and medical checkups – as if there’s going to be anything physically wrong with this inhuman behemoth.

The Winter Meetings commence tomorrow. It is expected that the trade will be officially announced soon after.

Reports suggest that the Yankees have agreed to eat $265 million of Stanton’s contract, while sending Starlin Castro to Miami along with a couple of low-level pitching prospects.

This was our White Whale, Boston – this one got away and we still ended up dying in the end.

Dave Dombrowski looks like an absolute fool for having let this chiseled new-school Bambino slip through his hands. He immolated the entire pitching crop, down on the farm. So it’s inconceivable that Dombrowski didn’t offer the kitchen sink, in his pursuit of Stanton.

Conversely, underneath the surface, Giancarlo’s mind might have been irrevocably made up, before talks even started. He’s a city-slicker. Miami nightlife translates better to Big Apple nightlife than it does to the half-revelry of the Boston Commonwealth.

The Yankees obtain Giancarlo Stanton, presupposing the implications for the Red Sox and fans alike. It’s with a heavy heart that I unfortunately welcome you to a familiar and antique era of Red Sox Baseball. It’s the late 90’s all over again…

But, you know what? Let’s try to make light of this nonplussing news! Yeah, we don’t need Giancarlo Stanton and those Damn Yankees still won’t win the World Series! It’s time for another installment of the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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Boston Red Sox Do Not Need To Get A Big Bat



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Many have stated their wishes that the Boston Red Sox will go out and get a big-time bat for the heart of their order. A bat that they seemingly need to help protect the likes of Mookie Betts and Hanley Ramirez in the lineup. One of the bigger names connected to the team is Giancarlo Stanton, but reports show that idea as a longshot with Stanton not looking at Boston as a possibility.

Another name, Jose Abreu, is also reportedly out of the running with Ken Rosenthal reporting that the White Sox will not trade their slugger before the start of the season. With the potential list shortening with JD Martinez and Eric Hosmer leading the running, maybe Boston should sit still this offseason.

That is sort of a controversial take, but the notion of Hosmer or Martinez doesn’t get the juices flowing, and ultimately will cost the Red Sox more then they are worth.

So what is the answer, Boston still needs a first basemen for next season. A position that could be filled with Sam Travis and Hanley Ramirez given the idea that Dustin Pedroia will find some time at the DH spot next season with Eduardo Nunez getting some quality time at second base. Another possibility is Rafael Devers not panning out at third base and needing to move to first base or DH at times.

Also in the cards is prospect Michael Chavis who should find himself in AAA Pawtucket at some point next season and maybe in Boston at third base or first. Then comes the possibility of Blake Swihart or my favorite, Bryce Brentz. Both were getting trained at first base with Pawtucket last season and could see reps at first base if Dave Dombrowski opts to not sign a big-time bat.

Of course, these solutions are not as flashy and will not present an immediate threat for Boston in the heart of their order. But betting on the current roster to bounce back at the plate and see an emergence of another young player might be a route to take.

Worse case scenario they get the same amount of production and end up right around 90 wins like they were this past season. But the upside of keeping the financial flexibility going forward while trying out prospects might be the best thing for Boston to do instead of overreacting to fan pressure.

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