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Price's 2008 ALCS still impresses Maddon

Price's 2008 ALCS still impresses Maddon

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- On Friday, Joe Maddon had cause to watch Game 7 of the 2008 American League Championship Series during the bus ride back to Port Charlotte after the Rays played the Braves in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

"I'd forgotten most of that game," said Maddon of the game won by the Rays that featured David Price closing out the game from the bullpen. "I knew David finished it. I'm watching the game and it was so impressive to see a young player like David Price and how well he handled the moment.

"My takeaway was there was pretty much no difference between that moment and the way he is right now. That's pretty impressive to be able to walk in the door in those circumstances and do what he did."

Price earned a save that night after getting the final four outs of the game -- three by strikeouts -- paving the way for the Rays' only trip to the World Series.

"And here he is a couple of years later with a Cy Young Award in his back pocket, and he's still the same cat," Maddon said. "So I guess what I'm saying is, you realize how special he was by pushing back the clock a couple of years and seeing what he did to put us on the map."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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