David Price has bounced around Major League Baseball over the last few seasons, but he’s never started spring training with a brand new team. Well, not until this year.
The Boston Red Sox landed the left-handed ace this offseason on a seven-year, $217 million contract, and he’s already reported to the Red Sox’s facility in Fort Myers, Fla., before catchers and pitchers officially have to be there Thursday. And part of the reason for that is because this is the first time he’s showing up without knowing everyone.
“For me, this is the first time I’ve had a new team and a new spring training,” Price told NESN’s Tom Caron on “Red Sox from Fort Myers” on Monday. “Everything to me right now is very new, so just to get down here and meet all the guys and kind of get acquainted with Fort Myers and just get my feet wet.”
Price also is in the unique position of having to take sort of a leadership role as the Red Sox’s new No. 1 starter, but he said he’s “an open book to all the guys.” Plus, Price told Caron he’s just taking everything one step at a time and doing what he knows how to do best.
“Just throw the baseball the way I’m capable of throwing it,” Price said. “If I can go out there and throw like David Price, I know I’ll be satisfied and so will our fanbase and just the city of Boston. So I just want to go out there and put my best foot forward and try and help this team win.”
“Red Sox from Fort Myers” debuts Monday at 6 p.m. ET on NESN. You can hear more from Price in the preview above.
Thumbnail photo via Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price on NESN's "Red Sox from Fort Myers"