David Price‘s first season in Boston had its ups and downs. He started slowly but then rebounded and looked much better in the second half. He led the league in innings and starts too, so even if he didn’t look like a Cy Young Award winner out there, he certainly put in the work.
The playoffs were a problem. He got one start against the Indians in the Division Series and, sadly for him and the Sox, he gave up five runs on six hits in three and a third innings. That certainly didn’t sit well with Sox fans, but hey, the playoffs are a crap shoot, everyone has a bad day and you gotta let that stuff go once the offseason hits, right?
Price certainly has. He’s even joking a bit at his own expense as he begins a vacation:
It’s good everyone can laugh about it now. Or at least almost everyone.
Wow. Tough room.
I’d suggest checking back in with them at New Year’s, David. Maybe they’ll be over it by then.
Roger Clemens will be an analyst for ESPN when the defending World Series champion Houston Astros host the Chicago White Sox on opening day.
Clemens made four appearances on last year’s KayRod Cast with Michael Kay and Alex Rodriguez. He will be stepping in on March 30 for David Cone, who will be doing the New York Yankees opener against the San Francisco Giants on YES Network.
“Roger has been sort of a friend of ours for the last year, so to speak, he’s in. He’s been engaged, knowledgeable and really present,” said ESPN Vice President of Production Phil Orlins. “You know, whatever past may be, he’s still tremendously engaged and he really brought that every time he was with us.”
Clemens was a seven-time Cy Young winner but his career after baseball has been tainted by allegations of performance-enhancing drug use. He is a Houston native and pitched for the Astros for three seasons.
Orlins said that with the rules changes and pitch clock, it is important to have a pitcher in the booth with Karl Ravech and Eduardo Perez.
“We don’t feel like we have to have the dynamic of Eduardo with a pitcher, but we certainly think that works. Throw in the added factor of rule changes and it is better to have a batter-pitcher perspective,” Orlins said.
Orlins did not say if this would open the door for future opportunities for Clemens as an ESPN analyst.