David Price clinched the Red Sox fourth World Series this century, and can finally rest easy at night knowing his postseason script has a perfect ending.
Where better than Hollywood for the credits to roll on postseason narrative? Game 5 of the World Series was the finale of a narrative we’ve seen develop and consistently disappoint over the last ten years with David Price taking the mound to once and for all end the notion that he was unable to translate his regular season dominance into meaningful postseason success.
Even after showing us he had it in him to show up in ways he hadn’t before, putting a positive coda on his postseason misery was no sure thing.
It was the perfect setting for a storybook ending to his narrative. Price was named a surprise starter for Game 5 and after giving up a home run to the first batter he faced was questioned as the right guy to get the job done. In the final act of the narrative, it looked like our hero was going to fall back into his old ways and things would never change.
Then the curtain dropped and the story got a happy ending; Postseason Price finally delivered.
Time flies when things are going right. Just as quickly as we had to point out how incredible it was that we forgot how good Peak Price was in the regular season, we’ve already forgotten about how sad Postseason Price was. Before he helped clinch the ALCS for Boston, Price was 2-9 with a career 5.42 ERA in 12 October appearances. That was the Jekyll to his regular season Hyde in which he was a Cy Young winning All-Star with a 143-75 record and 3.75 ERA.
It was just weeks ago that we celebrated the fact he gave up four runs in less than five innings back in Game 2 of the ALCS — that’s how bad he was. In just three starts since he managed to blowtorch a decade’s worth of postseason turmoil and flipped the script in ways we had come to assume he’d never be able to do.
Where better than Hollywood to do that?