It has been nearly three weeks since David Price was named the American League Cy Young Award winner. And the Murfreesboro native and Blackman High product admits that it still has not sunken in yet that he indeed won the hallowed award as voted on by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America for the league’s top pitcher in 2012.
“Honestly, I don’t think so,” Price said about if winning the award has changed his life or made him feel any differently. “I still feel the same as I did before I won. I haven’t gone about my business any differently.”
Those who know Price and his parents, Debbie and Bonnie Price, shouldn’t be surprised, though. “My parents did a good job on that,” Price said of his continuing approach of handling superstardom and all the inherent demands therein.
Then again, you won’t find a more grounded superstar than Price, who departed Vanderbilt University as the No. 1 overall pick of the Major league Baseball draft in 2007 and has quickly risen to rate among the game’s elite.
“It is a very prestigious award,” Price said. “It is pretty much the biggest award a pitcher can win outside of an MVP award. So, to win that award is very special, and I really don’t think it has sunk in yet. I still feel very blessed.”
It was difficult for the voters to overlook Price’s season, although defending AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers was a strong contender again. He finished runner-up to Price in the closest voting ever for the award in a year there wasn’t a tie.
In 2012, Price went 20-5 to tie for the American League lead in victories and winning percentage with Jered Weaver of the Anaheim Angels. The 27-year-old southpaw led the league with a 2.56 earned run average and finished sixth in strikeouts with 205.
Ironically, it was a Midstate sweep for the Major League Baseball Cy Young Award winners as New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey, a Nashville resident, won the National League honor. Also ironically, they share the same agent in Nashville-based Bo McKinnis.
When he is introduced going forward, it will not just be Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price or former Blackman and Vanderbilt star pitcher David Price or even Murfreesboro’s David Price Instead, it will here on out be American League Cy Young Award winner David Price. And that works
just fine for Price.
“Hearing Cy Young in front of my name doesn’t get old, that’s for sure,” he said.
Greg Pogue is host of the Wendy’s First Quarter on 102.5-FM The Game ESPN Radio Nashville. E-mail
him at GregPogue@1025thegame.com.
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