“That’s why I play the game. I don’t do this for the paycheck, I don’t do this to be an average big-leaguer. I want to leave my mark on baseball. That’s why I do it. I said that in an interview back in 2008, when people think about baseball and people think about pitching, I want them to think about David Price.”
“Just an incredible display of consistency,” Maddon said from California. “About as consistent as you can possibly be.”I’m so happy for him,” Rays pitcher James Shields said. “I had a feeling it was going to come, but it’s nice to hear the verdict finally came out and he won. I think it’s well-deserved, and I’m very proud of him.”
We can both sit back and say my numbers are better than this guy and this guy and this guy and this guy, but what it comes down to is you just got to pitch better and that’s what he did this year,” Shields said. “This past year he was a pitcher. He actually was a pitcher. He didn’t just throw. He mixed up his pitches very well.
“He became one of the best lefties in the game. As far as I’m concerned, he’s the best lefty in the game. He wasn’t trying to overpower guys this year, he was really pitching.”
“This guy is driven,” Maddon said. “He’s always driven to be the best. Second-best is not good enough for him. That’s always been apparent.”
Thank you everyone that has tweeted tonight!! Very special day for my family, #rays org, st Pete/ Tampa, and of course Astro!!! Thank you!!
— David Price (@DAVIDprice14) November 15, 2012
@davidprice14 congrats to you and your family from all the Rays…impressively done and well deserving…enjoy the moment/s !
@davidprice14 congrats you deserve this award!! It was a pleasure watching in pursuit!
So happy for my man @davidprice14. Nobody deserved it more then u. Just another step. Keep climbing baby!!! Keep adding to that belt!!!
What a great day Price wins the CY Young and a Duck Dynasty marathon is on!!! It really doesn’t get better than that!
Well deserved @davidprice14 you made my job so easy:) So much fun watching you carve everybody up!!! SICK
— BJ Upton (@BJUPTON2) November 14, 2012
It’s amazing how all the Rays rallied around Price. Even guys like Jeff Keppinger and B.J. Upton who may not return next season took the time to congratulate Price. It was the first Cy Young in the history of the Rays franchise- and given the Rays’ pitching, there are many more to come.