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Thanksgiving Edition: Rays players I am thankful for

By Austin Reimann
ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 19: General view of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrating after defeating the Boston Red Sox in game seven of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs on October 19, 2008 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. The Rays defeated the Red Sox 3-1 to win the series 4-3. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
ST PETERSBURG, FL - OCTOBER 19: General view of the Tampa Bay Rays celebrating after defeating the Boston Red Sox in game seven of the American League Championship Series during the 2008 MLB playoffs on October 19, 2008 at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg, Florida. The Rays defeated the Red Sox 3-1 to win the series 4-3. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) /
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ST. PETERSBURG, FL – JUNE 25: Pitcher David Price #14 of the Tampa Bay Rays lifts his hat to the crowd as he comes off the mound after giving up a solo home run to Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning of a game on June 25, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL – JUNE 25: Pitcher David Price #14 of the Tampa Bay Rays lifts his hat to the crowd as he comes off the mound after giving up a solo home run to Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates during the ninth inning of a game on June 25, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images) /

David Price, still to this day is my favorite pitcher that I have ever seen pitch in person. He was dominant, overpowering, and a force to be reckoned with for years in Tampa Bay. The most decorated pitcher in Tampa Bay Rays history.

There was nothing I enjoyed more as a fan than a dominant pitching performance and whenever David Price pitched, that is exactly what you got.

I loved his delivery and the finish after a strikeout, with his left leg swinging around and emphatically finishing bent at hip level. I loved his high-octane fastball and wipeout off-speed pitches. He attacked hitters more aggressively than I had ever seen. He backed down to nobody, something I admired.

The day the Rays traded him away was a sad one for me, even though it was inevitable. I had grown up watching him absolutely pick apart hitters in a more dominant fashion than I had ever witnessed. He was just fun to watch pitch. He was calm, cool, and collected yet explosive and energetic.

I will always remember him walking off the mound screaming into his glove, or slapping his glove after getting out of a jam.

Just from watching David Price, I began to learn how to compete. I began to learn how to attack hitters. Like I said before, I have never seen a Rays pitcher dominate like he could. He knew how to win. Like Longo, he led the Rays through their glory years. Thank you for being my favorite pitcher of all time. Thank you David.

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