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Tanguay: Price isn't happy unless he's unhappy

Tanguay: Price isn't happy unless he's unhappy

“Bring out the gimp.  The gimp is sleeping. Then wake him up.” 

David Price is the Red Sox gimp.  And likes it.

Do I think he digs the whips, chains, full leather body suits and red ball action found in Pulp Fiction?  Not physically. But mentally? Without a doubt. 


Price last night went nuts on the Boston media, including our own Evan Drellich and the Herald’s Steve Buckley.  His name is added to a long Red Sox list of media haters that includes the likes of Ted Williams, Roger Clemens, Carl Everett and Derek Lowe. The difference between the others and Price is I think this is what Price wanted all along.

I believe David Price isn’t happy unless he’s unhappy. Last season my partner on Arbella’s Early Edition, Trenni Kusnierek asked price about the accomplishment of winning the division. Price responded with a snarky remark about his $217 million salary. Her question had nothing to do with his salary and his answer opened him up for more, well, pain. He just can’t let it go. He wants to spar with the Boston media. He wants to feel the pain of their punches. 

There is no other explanation for his outburst last night. He is pitching well and made all of us eat our shoes when he bounced back from that poor outing in Pawtucket. Now is the time he should be smiling from ear to ear. But David needs to find the pain.  

Yesterday he told Dan Shaughnessy that he was done talking to the media except on the days he pitched. Okay, that’s his choice. Heck, Steve Carlton never talked to anyone. But when Drellich simply posted on social media that it was well within Price’s right to do so, suddenly Price went nuts.

I’ve seen this drill before. Chances are someone told Price that Drellich posted something about him and the lefty, without reading it, lost it on Evan. Why? Because he was chomping at the bit to lash out at somebody. That's the best to ensure that the pain will keep on coming.

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

As expected, it's Sale, Price and Porcello to start Sox season

New Red Sox manager Alex Cora has announced that, as expected, left-hander Chris Sale will be the Opening Day starter when the Red Sox begin their season nine days from now against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg, Fla. David Price will pitch the second game and Rick Porcello the third. 

Cora told reporters in Fort Myers, Fla. that Eduardo Rodriguez would be in the fourth starter's spot if he's ready as he continues to recover from off-season knee surgery and left-hander Brian Johnson is preparing to be the fifth starter for now.

In Price's second Grapefruit League start on Tuesday, he pitched five innings and allowed two runs on three hits, walked one and struck out four in the Red Sox' 12-6 victory over the Pirates. Third baseman Rafael Devers, hitting .349 this spring, hit his third home run of the spring. Andrew Benintendi (.405) had a double and two RBI and first baseman Sam Travis drove in three. 

Sale had a much rougher outing Monday, giving up four runs on five hits, with three walks and six strikeouts in five innings against the Phillies. 



Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Red Sox, Yankees working to play in London in 2019

Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge are about to go global.

Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy on Monday confirmed the Sox are interested to play the Yankees in London during next year's regular season. Bloomberg reported the clubs are nearing an agreement to play two games there in June 2019. Discussions are indeed taking place, but a deal is not done.

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“We would love to participate in a series in London against the Yankees but this is a decision that MLB and the MLBPA will make," Sox CEO Sam Kennedy said.

Bloomberg reported the games would be played at London Stadium, which was the main facility for the 2012 summer Olympics.

MLB has not played any games in Europe before. The Red Sox have made trips before, including to Japan before the 2008 season.