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Filling the Void: David Price’s Giant Middle Finger to the Media

Relive Game 5 of the 2018 Red Sox-Dodgers World Series, and then see a grown man act like a child.

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Filling the Void: David Price’s Giant Middle Finger to the Media

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We’ve been at this for a while. When we started writing “Filling the Void” pieces, I don’t think we really knew what we were diving into. Within the first couple of weeks, however, we realized the importance of what we were trying to do. In a time during which live sports were canceled, on hold, or whatever you want to call it, we started exploring games, matches, and rounds of the past.

At first, it was all about what full games we could actually find. Then, as the breadth of what the world was facing came further into focus, leagues with strict copyright laws started loosening restrictions and more and more options landed on our list. Now, here we are, over 100 games later and still going strong.

Today: David Price gets the postseason monkey off his back, then shakes his ass in the face of journalists everywhere.

Price was phenomenal in the 2018 World Series. He probably should have been the MVP, but the voters mixed up the name Price with the name Pearce.

In the championship-clinching game 5, Price went seven innings, allowing just one earned run and striking out five. He had also pitched well in Game 2 of the World Series, and Game 5 of the ALCS, throwing six scoreless innings and striking out nine Astros to help send Boston to the World Series.

After the championship, he was asked about how nice it was to turn around his well-documented struggles in the postseason, and Price wasn’t shy about telling the press where they could stick that storyline.   

So much for being humble in victory.

Really, David? You hold ALL the cards? I don’t think so. You may have gotten the monkey off your back, but it doesn’t erase the past ten seasons of postseason ineptitude.

You hold maybe one card, and it’s probably a Joker. Maybe a deuce, but it definitely isn’t wild.

How about showing some humility? Being grateful that you were able to perform well and finally win a championship?

Nope, even in victory it’s more of the petulant David Price.

So Did He Change His Legacy?

Are three good outings in a row, two of them in the World Series, enough to change the narrative surrounding Price’s postseason abilities?

Let’s not forget that at one point Price had started 10 postseason games which had resulted in losses.

In 2015, after his sixth consecutive post-season loss, he said of his nerves on the mound: “Whenever a duck’s swimming, they look calm and collected on the outside of the water, but below that water, they’re kicking away.”

He has a career win-loss record of 5-9 in the postseason, with two of those wins coming in relief. He is 1-8 in ALDS series, and his career postseason ERA is 4.62.

So while David Price can claim that he “holds all the cards,” I would argue that maybe his deck is not as full as he might think.

Right now, the idea that David Price is a great postseason pitcher is still the exception rather than the rule.

Craig has spent the last ten years as a sports information professional, working for several schools across New England at the Division 3 level. A native of Peabody, Mass., Craig is a life-long Boston sports fan. He is also an avid player of fantasy football and baseball, and commissioner of the AKA Family Fantasy Football League. Like most other Turf team members, Craig has a penchant for theater, spending his high school and college years as a set designer, sound designer and theater shop worker. He became a father shortly before the coronavirus pandemic, and as such, hasn't really left his home since last December.

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