NEW YORK -- Most every night, big league players are afforded an opportunity through competition to be reminded of just how tough it is to play in the Major Leagues. Rays left-hander David Price, who has come on to be one of the best pitchers in the Majors, experienced one such moment on Saturday night.
After cruising through the first six innings against the Angels, Price walked a batter and gave up an infield hit before Juan Rivera hit a three-run homer to center field. Suddenly, the tables had been reversed to where the Angels led, 3-2. The Rays ended up winning the game, 4-3, but Rivera's long ball served up a reminder to Price, who noted that he fully understands how good Major League players are.
"Absolutely," Price said. "I remember last year, 2009, probably the game that I felt the absolute best all year, I could throw my fastball where I wanted to, throw my breaking pitches for strikes. And I had good velocity -- it was against the Phillies. And I gave up six runs in the first and I think I gave up 10 on the day, and that was on a day where I felt my absolute best. [On Saturday], it was just one pitch."