David Price gets snarky with media after taking liner off arm (vid)
David Price apparently was in the mood to troll reporters Monday after the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays by a score of 8-3 in a Memorial Day match-up. And it all surrounded the Red Sox pitcher sarcastically mocking himself as “soft” when addressing how he remained in the game after taking a liner to the forearm.
The play in question occurred when Yangervis Solarte hit a come-backer right into Price’s chest. The pitcher calmly retrieved the ball and retired Solarte.
When asked about the incident following the game, Price appeared to troll the media with his talk.
“You know me, I’m the softest guy in this clubhouse,” Price said, via WEEI. “If that bothered me, I would have been out of the game. I’m soft. It wasn’t painful. I’m fine. If it was painful, I would have come out.” He added, “I wasn’t coming out of the game. I’d rather blow-out out there than come out. That’s just where we’re at.”
A follow-up question was later posed about the “soft” talk.
“I’m soft, period. It’s not a joke,” Price said. “I’m soft.”
Something’s telling us David Price is trying to make a point here …
(It’s that whole sarcasm thing he’s doing) (@jordansfurn) pic.twitter.com/jHuNgbBBIG
— NBC Sports Boston (@NBCSBoston) May 28, 2018
Price’s relationship with the Boston media has been uneasy at best, adversarial at worst, since joining the Red Sox ahead of last season. Some have argued that Price was perhaps being overly-sensitive to criticism due to struggling in his first campaign in Boston after signing a seven-year, $217 million contract. And his clashes with the local media have been well-documented.
It has since appeared, though, that Price was willing to leave all that in the past heading into the 2018 MLB season. His snarky, tongue-in-cheek chatter about being “soft” would seem to indicate that is the case. Or perhaps not.