Maybe now, after all of the conjecture and rumors that Boston Red Sox ace David Price despises the city of Boston, and is counting the days to flee after the season, can finally be put to rest. Maybe, despite all the hatred he felt last year, the antagonism with the media, the hostile confrontation with Dennis Eckersley, peace and tranquillity could be the around corner. Maybe, the moment free-agent slugger J.D. Martinez agreed Monday to a five-year, $110 million contract with the Red Sox, maybe all of New England will have a completely different perception of Price. Price, you see, was one of the ones who helped persuade Martinez to sign with Boston. Price and Martinez, former teammates for parts of two seasons in Detroit, spoke several times during the winter about the possibility of signing with the Red Sox. They talked extensively just the other day. Martinez had questions. Price provided answers. Simply, Martinez wanted to know if he could be happy playing in Boston, the biggest fishbowl in baseball, where negativity thrives, and the weak gets swallowed up like guppies. Where else could you have a team win 93 games in back-to-back seasons, with two consecutive AL East Division titles over the New York Yankees, and still be hated by the populace? Yet, instead of telling Martinez to run back to the desert in Arizona, or even sitting out until some other team came along, Price gave him the lay of the land, and what makes playing in Boston dramatically different. “It is tough here,’’ Price tells USA TODAY Sports. "There’s just so much more negativity. I’ve never been one for negative stuff. I like surrounding myself by positive people. Even if my wife starts talking negatively, I let her know. I just can’t stand it. “I can remember (Vanderbilt) coach (Tim) Corbin is always preaching that positive, positive word, positive vibe, positive environment. I feel like I’m the same way. I try to find the positive in everything. “Sometimes, that’s tough.’’ Still, Price told Martinez to come to Boston, where they can be teammates again and win a World Series. Who knows, maybe Price can find peace and happiness once again? Price, the highest-paid player in Red Sox history with his seven-year, $217 million contract, was vilified last year. Folks were angry that he was hurt. They were upset when he stopped talking to the local media. They were irate when he yelled at Eckersley, the Red Sox Hall of Famer and team broadcaster, on a team plane. And even though he came back from his elbow injury and was superb in relief during the playoffs, it was all forgotten the moment the Houston Astros beat them in four games in the Division Series.
David Price, vilified in Boston, helps lure J.D. Martinez for new chapter
USA Today | Feb 20