David Price’s social media activity was one of the notable frustrating points that surfaced during the 2016 Red Sox season. And it wasn’t just how active he was, but what he said.
If you don't like it...pitch better!! #IWILL— David Price (@DAVIDprice24) June 25, 2016
Hatred from Boston fans...that never happens 😐...thanks for your support I'll train hard to make you happy 😂 https://t.co/ylRua883U1— David Price (@DAVIDprice24) October 31, 2016
At times it seemed like he was more concerned about winning the fans over as opposed to winning ballgames.
But, new season, new title and he has a full year of experience in Boston under his belt. And honestly, if he throws well and wins a playoff start in 2017, no one’s going to care how active his is on Twitter.
Besides, it turns out he’s not the only Red Sox player who spends a little too much time on social media.
Pablo Sandoval’s been praised during the early stages of the offseason for losing weight -- which he’s been updating everyone about online. It’s great to see he’s made progress. Hopefully that translates well to the field and sustains over 162 games.
But the subtle picture with his trainer to show off his progress?
Then there’re the Instagram posts of a workout. As much as Panda deserves credit for doing step-ups with 165 lbs on his back, does he need to show everyone?
Working out is a mandatory thing for all athletes -- they need to do it to get to the top, or stay there. Take Craig Kimbrel for example, he works out as soon as he finishes every outing. Players develop a routine and generally stick to it.
And this isn't saying players can't post about workouts -- plenty of people, both athletes and fans, do it and that's cool. But given the nature of Sandoval’s time so far in Boston, and that he admitted he was “complacent with things that I had already accomplished,” and that he “did not work hard to achieve more,” you have to wonder if there's another motive other than just being a good player.
This whole change in personality screams “I’ll train hard to make you happy.”
Whether that's the case or not, Sandoval needs to learn from Price's 2016 experience -- and maybe not check social media during games anymore, too.