Red Sox lefty David Price arrived to Spring Trainer with a new number, switching from No. 24 to No. 10. And speaking with reporters on Thursday, Price seemed to enjoy the intrigue of his change, refusing to outright explain the decision behind it.
“I’m going to let you guys figure it out,” Price said. “It’s not that tough. If you know me at all, I feel like you can get it. Somebody will get it and everybody’s going to be like, ‘Oh, OK. That makes sense.'”
And as you would expect, The Internet (as well as the two to six show on 98.5 The Sports Hub) had their theories.
The top one seemed to be that the Red Sox needed Price to change his number because they were planning on finally retiring No. 24 for Dwight Evans. Price shot that one down, though, saying he had no knowledge of such plans.
Or that Price was 0-9 as a postseason starter before he finally recorded his first career playoff dub by way of last year’s ALCS win over the Houston Astros. Again, that was a no.
Some even wondered if it was a reference to Price’s beloved bulldog, Astro, who turns 10 in 2019.
But the truth isn’t as deep, as it would appear that it’s a nod to his son Xavier, or ‘X,’ the Roman number for No. 10.
I have confirmed that Chelsea has cracked the code. Well done. You are right. https://t.co/JfYil96DlN— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) February 14, 2019
But the number is pretty much the only thing that’s changed for Price, who noted that he’s here to win multiple World Series titles with the Red Sox, meaning his mission in Boston is not yet finished, and that his offseason regiment remained the same.
“The first week or two you feel a little better, but other than that I didn’t do anything different,” said Price. “I didn’t take that big World Series celebration tour like some guys do.”
Price posted a 3-1 record and held opponents to a .194 batting average in 26 postseason innings en route to a title last fall.