David Price admits his ‘legs were shaking’ in Dodgers debut
David Price made his spring training debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday, and he admitted afterward needing to overcome some nerves to get through it.
Getting acclimated to new surroundings and becoming familiar with new teammates can obviously be a daunting-enough challenge. Having to actually step on the mound in a new uniform and make his debut unsurprisingly caused Price to experience some jitters.
“It’s been a while since I faced hitters wearing a different jersey,” Price said after his debut in Dodger Blue. “It’s the first time I’ve been in a game in six, almost seven months. My legs were shaking out there. It’s just, if you love what you do you’re definitely going to have nerves. It was fun. I definitely enjoyed it, getting back out there.”
David Price’s first pitch in a #Dodgers uniform pic.twitter.com/cwzCm9DOEP— Michael J. Duarte (@michaeljduarte) March 2, 2020
Price had a relatively underwhelming showing in his first exhibition appearance with the Dodgers, allowing two earned runs on three hits and two walks in 1.1 innings in a 6-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.
Three of the four outs Price recorded came via strikeout, however, including his first K as a Dodger against Reds slugger Joey Votto.
David Price gets his first strikeout as a Dodger pic.twitter.com/L83TV4Abon— Blake Harris (@BlakeHarrisTBLA) March 2, 2020
Price was acquired by the Dodgers alongside Mookie Betts in the protracted blockbuster trade with the Boston Red Sox completed in February. The Dodgers mark the fifth team Price has played for in his storied career.
While Betts was undoubtedly the more coveted acquisition over Price, if the former Cy Young winner can rebound after a tough 2019 campaign in Boston, the Dodgers will have one of the most formidable rotations in all of baseball.
It appears the new environs are serving Price well. After a tumultuous tenure with the Red Sox during which he butted heads with members of the Boston media on several occasions, Price said he “couldn’t be happier” with the change of scenery and the relaxed media presence.
“It’s such a big difference from Boston to here,’’ Price said. “Really, it’s night and day.”