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Red Sox Pitcher David Price Has Another Altercation With The Media

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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.

It is still unclear what the confrontation was about. Neither Dennis Eckersley or David Price has commented on the altercation.

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.

Troubling Sign

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.

Evan is a attending Bryant University and joined the Trifecta Network as an Editor in February of 2016 and is a guest on Down to the WIRE Sports Talk.

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Bottom Line: Boston Red Sox Need Stanton

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Boston Red Sox Team President Dave Dombrowski isn’t a great talent evaluator. Throughout his entire career, he has built his success by acquiring proven big league talent. Betting on that changing anytime soon is foolish, so why not make another move for proven talent?

Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins has long been rumored to be on the trade block and Boston is just one of his potential destinations. Reports have stated thought that Stanton would prefer a trade to a team like the Dodgers despite “advisers” pushing for Boston.

The Stanton vs Judge potential is enough to get any baseball fans heart racing. But should Boston present Miami a god offer? Some have balked at the potential of trading any more prospects but let me tell you a very well known secret, Boston’s farm system has been pillaged. Jay Groome and Michael Chavis are considered the best two prospects remaining under Dombrowski.

So any thought of depleting the farm system anymore should be tossed out the window as there isn’t much left there, to begin with. On top of that, the current makeup of the team and the organization is winning now, a strategy that is far from working given the current talent in the lineup. Last season the Red Sox lacked true pop in their lineup after the retirement of David Ortiz. Many at the time sold it as the 2015 Royals who nickeled and dimed their way to a world series title. But when it came down to it the 2017 Boston Red Sox lacked balls.

Boston needs a power bat in the heart of their order. Not just for the home runs from that player, but for the protection they would offer the other hitters in the lineup. If you were a pitcher facing the Red Sox last season almost every hitter in the lineup could be pitched too. The only exception might be Hanley Ramirez, but the BIG HR simply was set up to fail to have to step in for Ortiz with no protection around him.

Stanton would instantly bring in pop, lineup protection, and the much needed “it” factor that will help drive fans to the team. Without this type of move, it is hard to see how next season will be any different.

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Minimum Expectations for the 2018 Red Sox

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Last year, it was Chris Sale; in 2016, the exorbitantly expensive David Price was all the hype. Both of these roundly heralded saviors produced the same underwhelming results. Another short-winded trip to the playoffs; another bummer of a year.

The Red Sox simply cannot afford a third consecutive first-round exit, in the 2018 postseason. And it seems that Dave Dombrowski knows this. In an attempt to prevent car-flipping anarchy in the streets, he fired the overseer of all this recent failure (his direct subordinate) – John Farrell.

Now the Sox will be heading into next season with a newfangled remedy. No, it’s not a hundred-million dollar player. This time around, management has received the upgrade. It’s the newly hired manager, Alex Cora, who will be charged with the burden of resurrecting one of the most venerated franchises in professional sports.

On Monday, Cora was formally introduced to Boston as the new manager (or scapegoat).

Good luck, buddy! You’re gonna need it.  

Should Boston fans really expect an appreciable change to be affected by just one man? After all, this is exactly what we’ve done, to no avail, for the past few years. And if Cora really represents the end-all-be-all solution, what is a realistic accomplishment for him, and his club, in the first season of his tenure?

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Like Looking in the Mirror

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After watching the Houston Astros win the 2017 World Series, Red Sox fans deserve to be upset.

Go ahead and sink into your bed of indignance, for a couple of days, and don’t let anyone stop you, Red Sox Nation. You’re safe there.  

The asseveration has lingered on the tip of Boston’s tongue, ever since the ALDS – “That could have been us!” And it’s true, it could have been the Sox hoisting that trophy, on Wednesday night.

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