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David Price Pitches Red Sox to World Series Win and Twitter Loves His Redemption Story

David Price’s postseason redemption reached its perfect ending on Sunday night as the Boston Red Sox beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 in Game 5 to clinch the World Series.

The 33-year-old was at his best at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, keeping the pressure on the hosts for seven innings. Having conceded a leadoff run to David Freese early in the game, Price then pinned the Dodgers back before departing in the eighth inning.

It was the latest chapter of a remarkable tale of resurgence that has characterized Price’s postseason. After failing to register a win in the first 12 postseason games a starter in his career, Price eventually broke his streak with a dazzling performance in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros as the Red Sox secured the series 4-1.

Price hasn’t looked back since, going 3-0 in October as the Red Sox clinched a fifth World Series title since 2004 and a first since 2013.

"I am 33 years old now," Price was quoted as saying by ESPN after the game.

"Last time I was in this type of situation was when I was 23. A lot of things have changed since then. To be able to come out on top and to be able to contribute in October, that's why I play the game."

Price pitched Game 2 against the Dodgers, picking up his first World Series win as a starter and then was called upon as a relief pitcher in Game 3 retiring two of the three batters he faced. Price didn’t pitch in Game 4 but was back on the mound for Game 5, as the Red Sox opted to save Chris Sale for a potential Game 6 due to his ongoing shoulder issues.

The series, however, never went back to Boston after another dominant display by Price in Game 5 and Red Sox manager Alex Cora paid tribute to his pitcher’s desire to impose himself on the series.

"He was available the whole time, the whole time, from the division series to the championship series to the World Series," Cora said.

"[Every day] there was a text, 'I'm ready for tomorrow. Count on me. Use me.'"

In 85  2 3  innings across 11 postseasons, Price has a 5.04 ERA with a .250 batting average against him and a 1.24 WHIP. By comparison, he finished this month with a 2.66 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP.

With his performances throughout October, Price has buried the narrative about him not performing in the postseason once and for all.

On social media, where so often Price had been singled out for not stepping up when required, criticism was swiftly replaced by plaudits.

World Series MVP Steve Pearce explained the Red Sox had never doubted Price and that he always expected his competitive attitude to make a difference.

“He was dominant,” he told USA Today.

“We love when he's on the mound. When he takes it, he's a bulldog. He competes. And I couldn't be any happier for him. It was an awesome performance, and he shut one of the best teams down, and he pitched in a game-clinching World Series game. That's the guy we want on the mound, and he delivered.”

 

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