David Price’s popularity in Boston has grown since the once-underachieving $217 million southpaw picked up a pair of wins in last year’s World Series. But Dennis Eckersley doesn’t look at the former Cy Young winner any differently — if he’ll look at him at all.
Eckersley, a longtime Red Sox analyst (NESN) and former pitcher for the franchise, was infamously confronted by Price on the team plane two years ago, when the lefty took issue with the Hall of Famer’s assessment of Eduardo Rodriguez’s minor league rehab appearance — “Yuck,” Eckersley commented upon seeing the stat line.
In a Boston Globe feature on Eckersley, the reliever-turned-analyst said he and Price never made amends following the incident.
“I didn’t know how to deal with that,” Eckersley said about Price’s past outburst. “I don’t plan on saying a word to him, I don’t plan on seeing him, never. I don’t really give a (expletive) one way or another. I don’t think he really cares one way or the other.”
While Price, the reigning AL Comeback Player of the Year, has largely shielded himself from performance-related criticism with another stellar season, Eckersley most recently took issue with the “tired” celebrations of Toronto’s Marcus Stroman, who called Eckersley’s comments “trash,” before also labeling him a “clown” and a “hypocrite.”
“I get it, where he’s coming from,” Eckersley said of Stroman’s response. “There was a lot of people who thought I was tired too.”
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