As I made abundantly clear when the news broke in the middle of Dale & Holley with a pinch of Thornton Tuesday that the Red Sox have signed David Price, I am all in. This is Christmas in December. So to speak. And believe me, I felt good enough about the signing that I did the sprawling-suburban-town equivalent of running through downtown Bedford Falls yelling “Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, emporium! Merry Christmas you wonderful old Building & Loan!!!” Which is to say I drove past the mall without stopping. But I was still in a great mood.
And that was before I saw this cryptic, indecipherable tweet from Price. Is it a code? A minimalist message? A butt-dial? I don’t care. I just look at it the way Patton did when he heard General McAuliffe answered a German surrender demand with, “Nuts.” Any man that eloquent deserves to be rescued. Or, in Price’s case, seven years and $217 million with a third-year opt-out.
I know it’s not unanimous around here. There’s a healthy debate going on about whether this signing makes sense. And it will continue. I’ve conducted my own internal, bipolar, split-personality inner dialogue, and my optimistic Smeagol side keeps kicking my negative Gollum side’s scrawny ass every time.
And yours can, too. Presenting your handy guide to handling any negativity about the Sox-Price deal:
Isn’t $217 million way too much to spend on one player? Yes. Yes it is.
So it will hurt the team? No. Not at all. In the last year alone the Sox signed three players to horrifically bad (so far) deals in Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval and Rick Porcello. And that burdensome payroll has hampered them to the point they just signed the best pitcher on the market to the richest pitcher deal ever. If there’s a limit to their salary budget, we have not yet seen it. Until I’m told otherwise, I’m going to just assume John Henry’s money is a bottomless pit. And if you jumped in and started digging down, eventually, due to the curvature of the universe, you would wind up in the same spot coming from the other direction.
But no one is worth almost a quarter of a billion dollars. In baseball, nothing is real. To me they’re all getting paid Schrute Bucks and there’s no use trying to make sense of the dollars. Besides, I’m a capitalist. Which means I believe that everything is worth what someone is willing to pay for it, and not some other “fairer” amount. We live in a world where David Price will make almost a million dollars per start, and the schoolteacher watching him will make $60,000 for the year. By the same token, a pencil costs 2 cents but Kris Jenner’s birthday cost $2 million, even though a pencil is worth more to me than Kris Jenner. That’s just reality.
But how do we know he can handle pitching in Boston? We don’t. But as sure things go, he’s about the surest. He’s an established American Leaguer with a proven track record, unlike your other options. He’s won an AL Cy Young and finished second twice, including 2015 when he led the AL in ERA. In the last six seasons he has 43 wins over AL East teams, the most in baseball in that span. In 74 career innings in Fenway Park he has a 1.95 ERA with with 60 strikeouts, and the Sox have hit just .186 against him. And he’ll take the damn ball every fifth day. Working backward, his start totals have been 32, 34, 27, 31, 34 and 32. He has all the ability, including availability.
But what about his terrible postseason record? You’re right. He’s not been good. He’s 2-7 overall and 0-7 as a starter in the postseason, including seven consecutive losses, which is a record he co-holds with … Randy Johnson. The Hall of Famer who won the 2001 World Series MVP. And let me remind you, Clayton Kershaw hasn’t exactly been dispensing pixie dust in October, either. The bottom line is who would you rather have starting Game 1 of the opening series, Price or Clay Buchholz? You can make a case for either. Unless you don’t sign Price. Then there is no case to be made because you’ll finish 15 games out again.
Price is already 30 years old. This is going to be a terrible deal in the last few years.I’m sure it will. Assuming he doesn’t opt out in three years and they’re stuck with a pitcher in his late 30s making north of $30 million, it will be bad. Just as the deals have been for Justin Verlander and CC Sabathia and a few others. But again, going back to my capitalistic ways, that’s the price you pay. A major factor in the price of commodities is scarcity. There are only so many true aces out there, and even fewer who hit free agency. So when one becomes available, you have to write out a giant posterboard check. But it’s foolish to worry about the Red Sox‘ 2021 payroll or whether John Henry’s wife is going to have to take a season job at the Macy’s perfume counter in order to pay the Christmas bills five years from now. Besides, by then the zombie outbreak will have turned the world into an apocalyptic hellscape anyway and we’ll all be stumbling around mindlessly in search of brains. So you have nothing to worry about.
But this will cause friction, because Price and David Ortiz hate each other.David Ortiz hated having the second-worst ERA in the league last year and finishing six games under .500 and last place for the second year in a row. And any man who could last an entire season without choking out Hanley Ramirez can get along with anybody.
I don’t know. I still don’t like it. You’re wrong. Everyone’s entitled to their opinion. Except you and this opinion. Just be glad that by writing a check you or I will never have to cover, the Red Sox just made themselves worth caring about in 2016. Stop worrying and do the Happy Happy Joy Joy dance.
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WEDNESDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS: NHL: Bruins at Oilers, 9:30 p.m. (NESN) NHL: Rangers at Islanders, 8 p.m. (NBCSN)
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“We will do what we always do with those guys,” Tomlin said Tuesday. “We will be very diligent about their care. We will lean on the expert advice of our medical team, who always does a great job. We will do what is appropriate at the end of the week, or whenever that decision-making time is.”
Roethlisberger said earlier in the day that he had a “traumatic ocular migraine” that forced him out of Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks in the fourth quarter, and that it cleared up after about 30 minutes.
Responded Tomlin: “I’m no doctor, and I’m not going to try to get into that. I give him credit for taking a bite out of that and trying to maybe explain the circumstance. I’m going to leave that up to the experts. What I will say is he has sustained what is described as a concussion, and he is in the protocol.”
Roethlisberger said he expects to practice Wednesday in preparation for Sunday night’s game against the Colts, but Tomlin wasn’t so sure.
“Even if they feel better they are going to remain in the protocol,” Tomlin said, referring to Roethlisberger and linebacker Ryan Shazier. “We are going to do our due diligence under the guidelines that have been prescribed in recent years.”
Meanwhile, the league and the NFLPA reportedly are looking into why Roethlisberger was not removed from the field when he was injured on a roughing-the-passer penalty. Roethlisberger stayed on the ground for a few seconds before being helped to his feet by his teammates, then remained in the game to complete the scoring drive — nine more plays — before self-reporting his head issue. The independent trainer serving as a spotter apparently never requested Roethlisberger be checked.
“It’s great that he self-reported,” an anonymous union official told ESPN, “but that’s the not the process we all signed up for.”
Because Steve Kerr still is considered the team’s coach, Kerr gets credits for all of Walton’s wins despite being sidelined following back surgery.
Walton doesn’t seem to mind, as he continued to give credit to Kerr for the system he’s put in place.
“Steve’s done a lot for me,” Walton said. “It’s the least I can do to add a couple wins on his total for him with all he’s done for me.”
The players, however, recognize what the second-year assistant has accomplished in guiding the team to an NBA-record 19-0 start.
“He’s been amazing,” forward Draymond Green said. “He’s still Luke. That’s what has been special about it. He hasn’t changed the way he acts. He hasn’t changed anything. Obviously, he says a little more in the game coaching and calling the plays. He does all that stuff. It’s just incredible how he’s adjusted to that role.”
It initially was reported that September ended the streak, but in early October it was revealed that Titans rookie Dorial Green-Beckham had been arrested Sept. 30 for an unpaid speeding ticket.
At least four former players — including recently released Cowboys running back Joseph Randle — were arrested last month, and Rams receiver Stedman Bailey was shot in the head, but the last reported arrest came Oct. 15, when Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman was nabbed for an alleged hit-and-run. The 47-day streak (through Tuesday) is the longest arrest-free streak for the league since a 63-day run in the summer of 2004.
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Dec. 2, 1961, goaltender Gerry Cheevers played his first NHL game, but it wasn’t for the Bruins. With which team did Cheevers start his Hall of Fame career?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I am thankful that it is nothing serious. I love playing the game of football. Whenever it is taken away from you, you definitely get a feeling that you appreciate the game so much. I’m just week-to-week. I’ll be working hard to get back out on the field as soon as possible. When I am 100 percent, feeling good, cleared by all the doctors, the team, that is when I will be back. There’s no timetable for that.” — Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, on his knee injury
‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): Philadelphia fans welcome local high school product Kobe Bryant for the final time — then watch as the 76ers end their record-long skid by beating the Lakers.
The Kings beat the Canucks in overtime as Jeff Carter steals the puck and sets up Anze Kopitar for a one-timer.
Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin scores a wrap-around goal against the Sharks.
Alabama-bound kicker Eddy Pineiro kicks a 77-yard field goal in practice.
An Oklahoma State basketball manager hits a halfcourt shot using a towel to launch the ball.
TRIVIA ANSWER: The Maple Leafs
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Britney Spears was born on this day in 1981.