Boston Red Sox Hurler David Price Proclaims Himself As Being “Back”
Boston Red Sox ace David Price made his season debut Monday afternoon against the Chicago White Sox, in a 5-4 Red Sox loss. Price felt that Monday’s outing was a step in the right direction and he continues to feel good.
“It’s definitely a step in the right direction,” Price said, accurately. “I felt good. Just command the baseball a little bit better with my fastball and I think things will take off for me.”
Price pitched five innings against the White Sox and exited with the Red Sox ahead 4-3, and all of the runs he allowed came on a home run from Melky Cabrera in the third inning.
After the game Price said he came out of the fifth inning feeling like his old self and even claimed to say he’s back.
“After the fifth, I still felt strong. I felt strong in the fifth,” Price said. “After that inning, I still felt really good. I didn’t feel like my stuff changed all that much throughout the game. I’m back.”
Price loved the feeling of pitching on the hill in the majors again, but what he liked the most was being able to go play side-by-side with his “brothers’ once again.
“It felt good, just to be out there with my teammates, my brothers,” Price said. “That’s why you play the game — to have that feeling. There’s nothing else that gives you that, golf or whatever else you do to compete. You can’t replicate the feeling you have out there in a big-league game so I felt good.”
Red Sox fans were skeptical with the team calling Price back up so quickly after two abbreviated minor leauge rehab appearances. But Price says his ability to do all of this so quickly means that he is healthy and there is no doubt in his mind that he is at 100% right now.
“Health-wise, my two rehab outings, the amount of pitches I threw in a short amount of time, you can’t do that and then bounce back in the way that I did after both rehab games and not be healthy,” Price said. “There’s no doubt in my mind where I stand right now health-wise. It was good to go out there and feel as good as I did.”
“I don’t think I throw a single pitch at 99 percent. Everything’s 100 percent,” Price said. “I haven’t gotten to that point in my career yet where I taper off of certain pitches. My health is not in my mind. I feel healthy. Just go out there and get better.”
At one point in Mondays outing, Price a $30 million dollar a year pitch dove for the ball and made Red Sox fans around the world cringe. But Price made sure to note post-game that if he wasn’t healthy he wouldn’t have dove for it, further assuring fans, or himself(?) that he is completely healthy and ready to go to war for the Boston Red Sox.
“I think if my elbow was completely blown I’d still dive for that ball,” Price said of a play he couldn’t come up with as he lunged near the third-base line. “That’s a play I’ve been dreaming about for a long time now. Me and [Chris] Sale were talking about it probably two weeks ago. It’s a play you want to be able to have an opportunity to make. I think it hit the tip of my glove and rolled all the way down my body.”