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Drellich: Will anger galvanize Price?

Drellich: Will anger galvanize Price?

NEW YORK -- The lingering question on Thursday is motivation, and if it’s tied to how David Price pitches.

He put more of himself out there in public view Wednesday than he has in a long time.


That was the case in a pregame interview with the Globe's Dan Shaughnessy -- an interview that you can bet at least one party, Shaughnessy, knew would receive a ton of attention, even if the other didn’t.

That was the case for Price’s postgame reaction to other media members, including the Herald’s Steve Buckley -- but particularly to me, who discussed part of the Shaughnessy column on Twitter. (Shaughnessy was not around postgame.)

What’s most curious now is how a day like yesterday’s folds into performance.

It may not, at all. Maybe his blood boiling before a big start is a motivator. Maybe it has absolutely nothing to do with baseball.

Does it galvanize him? His clubhouse?

We can speculate. If he pitches well, perhaps he’ll have channeled anger. If not, perhaps anger will have lingered. Or maybe the Yankees will have just had an awesome game plan and none of the other stuff mattered.

Reporters and players have it out sometimes. They need to. Our conversation Wednesday was loud, unpleasant, and ultimately reached beyond just the day’s events and Tweets. So it goes, and will go again.

It’s armchair psychology to try to figure out exactly what was going through Price’s head. The media, in a media- and sports-crazy town, is certainly an easy scapegoat for sensitive athletes. Price is undoubtedly sensitive. That was true before last night. And there's nothing inherently wrong with sensitivity.

It's how it manifests itself.

Price feels he has been treated unfairly. And when it comes to his performance, he definitely has been.

His 3.39 ERA in 28 starts to end last season and his league-best innings load are ultimately underappreciated. The Red Sox don’t win the division without him. They didn’t lose the Division Series because of him.

What pushes him to success or failure going forward, and whether interactions and relationships with the media and public in any way plays in, is the question Thursday.

Kimbrel back in camp, but infant daughter on his mind

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Kimbrel back in camp, but infant daughter on his mind

Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel has returned to Fort Myers after spending the past three weeks in Boston, where his infant daughter Lydia has undergone multiple heart surgeries at Boston Children's Hospital.

On Monday, an emotional Kimbrel spoke to reporters in Florida, including The Boston Herald's Michael Silverman, about the ordeal after throwing a batting practice session.  

"We’ll be in and out of Boston Children’s Hospital the rest of her life but for this stay, hopefully, a couple more weeks," Kimbrel said. “She’s in the recovery process but life-threatening wise, she’s in a good place that I can be down here." 

Kimbrel said he and his wife Ashley "can't say enough about how amazing Boston Children's Hospital has been." 

"There's no denying it's been the toughest thing we've ever been through," Kimbrel said.  

"In the last week, her recovery has been unbelievable and she's showing great signs and we're very blessed and we want to thank the Red Sox and Alex [Cora] for understanding they've been through this and working with us," Kimbrel said. 

He said Lydia, born in November, will need another surgery when she's around 3 or 4 years old to help ensure normal development. 

"It's been tough, I can say that. We're definitely, me and my wife, we've had each other and we've had our family, we've had a great support. Everyone is sending out prayers that have definitely been heard. Now, I'm back down here. The other day I threw a live BP up at Babson [College in Wellesley, Mass.], and me and her got to talking and seeing where Lydia is, and how she's progressed, she's in a good, comfortable place for me to be down here. If she wasn't, I wouldn't be here.

"My family comes first and then baseball comes. I have to thank the Red Sox for letting me be there with my family and then helping me continue to prepare while I was at home. Stepping away for a few hours was definitely a release. It did help to get in the weight room. It did help to throw the ball. But that's not going to take away the emotions we went through in the hospital."

Kimbrel said he and his wife talked about how fortunate they were to be in Boston and its world-class healthcare facilities. 

"We believe that everything in life happens for a reason, even if we don't understand it at the time," he said. "There's a lesson to be learned and something to be shared through every step you go through in life. As difficult as this is, and I know it will take time, hopefully, this experience and everything we've been through, we can share that with others, try to impact someone else's life. Because I know for a fact my daughter's going to be able to do that one day."



Kimbrel returns to Red Sox after daughter's heart surgery

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Kimbrel returns to Red Sox after daughter's heart surgery

All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel returned to Fort Myers on Sunday after his 4-month-old daughter underwent successful heart surgery at Boston Children’s Hospital, and the Red Sox are confident he'll be ready for Opening Day.

“Oh, yeah. Plenty,” manager Alex Cora replied when asked if Kimbrel had time to get ready for the March 29 opener against the Rays in St. Petersburg. “With him it’s a different schedule, anyway. He’ll be ready.”

Kimbrel's daughter, Lydia Joy, was born with a heart defect. He left the team Feb. 28 to be with her and his family in Boston, but pitching coach Dana Levangie said Kimbrel was on a pitching program during that time.

“The most important thing is that the family is okay with [Kimbrel returning to the Sox],” Cora said. “If they’re okay with it, we’re okay with it.”