Red Sox Pitcher David Price Has An Altercation With NESN’s Dennis Eckersley
It is being reported by Boston Globe writer Nick Cafardo that Red Sox pitcher David Price and NESN color commentator Dennis Eckersley had an altercation on the team flight to Toronto last night. This is being characterized as a “verbal confrontation” between the two.
This is the second time that David Price has had an altercation with a member of the media this season. Earlier this year, he had a run-in with CSNNE reporter Evan Drellich. In that altercation, Price was yelling at Drellich in the Red Sox clubhouse following a game against the Yankees in New York.
It is no secret that the Boston media is very tough on the players. But this isn’t the first time David Price has had an altercation with a member of the media. Last Night, David Price arguably had his best start in a Red Sox uniform. In 7 innings, he gave up 6 hits, 3 runs, and had 7 K’s. This was on 112 pitches (74 strikes). During last night’s game, Eckersley called it a “beautiful night” for Price on the mound.
There is nothing negative regarding that. So have Price and Eckersley had a prior incident? That is something we will never know. But it is troubling to know that Price has such a quick trigger with the media.
This could be a serious problem going forward with Price. He has 5 more seasons on his contract following this season. However, he does have an opt-out clause after the 2018 season. It has started to come more clear that David Price is not that happy when dealing with the Boston media. Even though David Price is getting an average $31 million dollars a year, it might be in his own best interest to opt-out for his own happiness.
I’m not trying to speculate anything, but Price clearly isn’t happy with how the media covers the players in Boston. He’s made his money so far in his career, maybe he decides to opt out and go somewhere else for the rest of his career starting in 2019.