BOSTON - For every team he's played for, from Tampa Bay to Detroit, everyone only ever has good things to say about David Price as a teammate. This is doubly true of the Boston Red Sox, with everyone from Brock Holt to Dustin Pedroia to Xander Bogaerts quick to chime in about how much they love having him around. He’s the consummate teammate, they say. And judging by the overwhelming love and support when Price finally conquered his post-season demons last year and led Boston to the championship, it’s not hard to imagine why Price is so beloved.
This is worth keeping in mind when considering that two years ago, Price and Dennis Eckersley, a commentator and analyst for NESN, got ambushed by Price after criticizing Eduardo Rodriguez on live television. Eckersley is one of the game’s all-time best relief pitchers and is known for speaking his mind. Price's teammates ended up taking Price’s side in the affair. Ultimately, though, the whole thing blew over and became old news Or so we thought.
In a recent profile in The Boston Globe, Eckersley was asked about the mishap and responded, “I didn't know how to deal with that. I don't plan on saying a word to him, I don't plan on seeing him, never. I don't really give a shit one way or another. I don't think he really cares one way or the other."
Price responded as well with several tweets of his own:
To reporters, Price continued by saying that he couldn't believe the incident came up again, and that he had a much better relationship with his teammates than Eckersley did with his, citing the MLB Network documentary about Eck as his evidence. Manager Alex Cora agreed about the unfortunate nature of the incident returning to the headlines, but quickly remarked that it was not a clubhouse distraction.
Honestly, the whole incident definitely needs to get put in the past by these two adults, but it’s hard to fault either of them this time around. Eckersley was asked about it in his profile and he answered the question as one is supposed to do. Price responded accordingly and fairly and, frankly, after what he did last season, all of Boston should be behind his pitching ability at this point. But neither of them probably wanted it to resurface.
Although, if it is true that Price tried to set up a meeting and Eckersley denied it and then made the comments he made to the Globe, then it is really hard not to take Price’s side this time around.
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