As you all may know by now, Red Sox "ace" left hander, David Price, got together with Boston Globe writer, Pete Abraham, for an interview over the past few days. Abraham and Price talked about David Price's terrible 2016, by a career and financial stand point, in which he went 17-10 with a 3.99 ERA and allowing the most hits in the MLB. In this interview, Price sort of went after Sox Nation for their verbal assault of Price this year.
He even went as far as to say that many fans actually yelled racial slurs at him.
"My mom is white and my dad is black. I’ve heard that since I’ve been in school. There’s nothing you can say to me that I haven’t heard before. Your ignorance is not going to affect what I’m trying to do. But I feel sad it’s still out there.”
This is what Price had to say regarding the racial slurs that some extreme Red Sox fans started to yell at him as he'd warm up before a game. And, to be honest, it seems to me like David Price is searching for an excuse as to why he pitched poorly all season. Now, he did mention little things like velocity and command, but this really caught my attention.
If you re-read the quote I highlighted in the previous paragraph, you'll see that Price said he's heard it everywhere, ever since he was in school. But in previous seasons, where Price was an absolute horse, we NEVER heard any issues like this come up. Price NEVER said anything about fans yelling derogatory comments at him, he just went out and pitched.
Now do I think Sox fans were angry with Price? Of course, I was one of those upset fans. Do I think a few went to the extremes, maybe even under the influence of alcohol, and started verbally abusing the All-Star left-hander? Absolutely. But when you look at the news regarding David Price since he entered the bigs in 2008, where has any news of racist comments directed at Price come up? Not at all. So why does Price all of a sudden come out and say this following a career-worst season? He's making excuses.
Now obviously Sox Nation should lighten up a bit, because yelling racial slurs at your starting pitcher is not a good idea. In fact, it's highly disrespectful. But as a pitcher, the key is to be so locked in that you can't pick out what fans are saying. Zone them out and pitch. Just like you apparently could do every step of the way in your career so far.