David Price resurfaced his feud with Dennis Eckersley Wednesday, which he followed up with a dreadful start against the Orioles Friday night. Price claimed the feud with Eckersley had nothing to do with the rough start, but the situation has become impossible to ignore.
In a story by Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe, Eckersley said he can't go anywhere without somebody mentioning it to him.
He's my new Kirk Gibson. Everywhere I go, people are asking me about David Price, telling me what he said about me. For years, I carried the Gibson thing around. Everyone was droppin' a Gibson on me. Now I got this. I don't get it.
Eckersley is referencing the iconic home run Kirk Gibson hit off of him in the 1988 World Series between the Dodgers and Athletics. Gibson was pinch-hitting for the Dodgers in the 9th inning of Game 1 and hit a walk-off homer despite injuries to both of his legs.
Eckersley has lived with that moment for over three decades now, so he's probably hoping this feud with Price doesn't last anywhere near that long.
Speaking of Price's start against the Orioles, his first start since calling Eckersley's comments in a profile "trash," the lefty gave up eight hits, two home runs and six earned runs to one of the worst teams in baseball.
Price has been Boston's best pitcher this season, so it would be a real shame to let something as silly as Eck's comments in a story, which weren't anything to get worked up about, derail his season and hurt the Red Sox' chances of sneaking into the playoffs.
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