David Price: 2018 playoffs not about proving others wrong, but ‘proving myself right’
David Price entered the 2018 postseason with a checkered playoff past, to say the least, with almost all bad and little good appearing on his résumé.
The Boston Red Sox pitcher certainly overcame his postseason jinx this past fall while playing an integral role in delivering the Red Sox a World Series championship.
Speaking recently about finally reversing his bad playoff karma, Price made an important distinction about his remarkable turnaround.
“It definitely feels good, but to me it’s not about proving people wrong,” Price told fellow Vanderbilt alum and ex-NFL wide receiver Earl Bennett on a podcast, via WEEI.com. “It’s about proving myself right. That’s my whole thing.”
Price entered the postseason winless in nine postseason starts, and started games against the Yankees and Astros in which the Red Sox ultimately lost, which extended the streak to 11 games.
When it was all said and done, though, Price posted a 4-1 mark during Boston’s World Series run, with a series-clinching win over the Astros in Game 5 of the ALCS and two incredible starts against the Dodgers in the Fall Classic, highlighted by another championship-sealing victory in Game 5.
All told, Price pitched 26 postseason innings, surrendering 18 hits and 10 earned runs (3.46 ERA) with 23 strikeouts to 12 walks for a 1.15 WHIP.
Now looking back at his transformation from postseason pariah to playoff hero, Price explained how he ignored all the noise during his struggles.
“I don’t care what people say,” Price said. “You hear some of it, yeah. So be it. It comes with the territory. It’s part of where I signed. It’s a big part of how much money I signed for and I understand to have the struggles that I’d had in October I guess leading up to my third start this year . . . and then Game 5 in Houston and two starts in the World Series, that’s how I envisioned myself pitching in October.
“To be able to get to that point and be able to step up the way that myself and my teammates did, and for us to be able to be World Series champions, that was the whole thing to me.”