Prior to his start against the Yankees, Price bought a full page ad from the Tampa Bay Times thanking the Tampa Bay Rays franchise and its fans for their time and dedication. He thanked them for everything from giving him the chance to prove himself at the major league level to the people who do their everyday jobs to make sure baseball can be played in Tampa Bay.
Before getting traded, it was apparent that he was uneasy about the talks of not knowing where he was going. He was comfortable in Tampa Bay and enjoyed what he had while he was there. It was never more apparent than after the thank you advertisement. After his debut with the Tigers he came out and said it was weird to face the Yankees in a different uniform, but it was good to get it over with.
For Price, it is all about moving on. Detroit is the place he will be calling home for at least until the end of next season. He is part of a pitching staff that now has the last three American League Cy Young award winners. He should have an easier time transitioning there with the team that is built, but then again he went from being arguably the best pitcher in Tampa Bay’s young history to now being another pitcher in a dominant rotation.
Either way, Price will tell you how it is. He will be up front about what he is feeling and remind us all that even when he is at an elite level for a starting pitcher, he is still human.