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Best performances from Boston athletes after turning 40 years old

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Best performances from Boston athletes after turning 40 years old

Tom Brady is defying the odds. 

The Patriots quarterback is celebrating his 42nd birthday Saturday and the GOAT is still one of the best players in the NFL. His peers just ranked him as No. 6 on the Top 100 players from the 2018 season.

But Brady isn't ready to call it quits. He has repeatedly cited a desire to play until he's 45, and it would be foolish to bet against him at this point.

He's already had more success after turning 40 than most quarterbacks do over their entire career, but he's not the only athlete to not just play, but thrive, after age 40.

From Robert Parish to Ted Williams to Zdeno Chara to David Ortiz, Boston sports history is full of great seasons from the "over-the-hill" set.

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David Price: Feud with Eckersley 'didn't affect me' in loss to woeful Orioles

David Price: Feud with Eckersley 'didn't affect me' in loss to woeful Orioles

David Price said it wasn't the distraction of his feud with Dennis Eckersley resurfacing this week that led to his first loss at Camden Yards and worst start ever against the Baltimore Orioles.

"That doesn’t affect me at all," Price told reporters after he allowed six runs, including two homers, in four innings in the Red Sox' 11-2 loss in Baltimore on Friday night "I’m sure it’ll be used in Boston, but it doesn’t affect me.

"If you think I’m thinking about that out there on the mound tonight, you’re 100 percent wrong," Price said. "Or even last night or the night before or whatever the case may be. That’s not the case. No, it didn’t affect me.”

Instead, Price pointed to his struggles to go deep in games lately. He's been the Sox' most consistent pitcher all season (he's now 7-3 with a 3.61 ERA) but Friday's loss to the lowly O's (30-66) marked the third consecutive outing of five innings or less. 

“A loss is a loss, it doesn’t matter if you’re successful in a certain ballpark [he came in 8-0, 2.72 in his career at Camden Yards and 16-5 overall vs. the O's] or whatever the conditions may be,” Price told reporters. “Losing sucks and I look forward to getting back out there in five days.”

Price said his past few starts have been a grind. He went five in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Sunday in his previous start [a 7-4, 12-inning Sox loss].

“Didn’t have very good fastball command. Didn’t have command of anything really,” Price said. “Made some mistakes early on in that first inning, made me pay for it. Just wasn’t good enough. I went five in Detroit [a 6-3 win July 7], it was a grind. Probably went five before that [actually six innings in a 10-6 win in Toronto] and it was a grind. It’s been tough to get early outs… I feel like even 1-2-3 innings are 20-pitch innings right now. So, it’s just been a grind the past couple of starts.”

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Breakfast Pod: Tyreek Hill not suspended by the NFL, David Price struggles in loss to Orioles

Breakfast Pod: Tyreek Hill not suspended by the NFL, David Price struggles in loss to Orioles

Tyreek Hill avoids an NFL suspension. Albert Breer weighs in on why the NFL didn't come down hard on him. David Price is pounded by the Orioles. Did his feud with Dennis Eckersley play a role?

1:00 - Tyreek Hill will not be suspended by the NFL. Albert Breer joins Early Edition to discuss why the NFL made that decision.

6:30 - David Price struggled giving up six runs against the Orioles last night. Did his feud with Dennis Eckersley impact his game? Our BST crew debates

14:00 - Will Tacko Fall make the team? Did the 76ers tamper with Al Horford? Chris Forsberg and Adam Himmelsbach give us their answers.

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