BOSTON – Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora doesn’t expect the discord between left-hander David Price and Hall of Fame pitcher Dennis Eckersley to disrupt the team’s locker room after the beef resurfaced this week, once again.
“I do feel it is not going to be a distraction,” Cora said on WEEI radio. “I really believe that. I know my clubhouse. I know how I do things in the clubhouse. The only thing that we have to do is play baseball.”
Price tweeted Wednesday in response to comments made by Eckersley — a Red Sox TV analyst — to the Boston Globe in a story published Tuesday.
In the story, Eckersley addressed a 2017 confrontation with Price on the team plane by saying, “I didn’t know how to deal with that. I don’t plan on saying a word to him, I don’t plan on seeing him, never. I don’t really give a (expletive) one way or another. I don’t think he really cares one way or the other.”
Price replied to the story on Twitter with a series of crying-laughing emojis. He said in another tweet he had set up a meeting to apologize to Eckersley, but the latter backed out that day.
Asked by a Twitter user why the story was resurfacing, Price replied, “Because ECK needs attention!! Same as every broadcast…hahah 8 pitches are thrown and he’s sitting there talking about something he did 30 years ago (with zero mention of what’s going on).”
Price offered more on Eckersley to reporters before Wednesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park.
“Honestly, I just think it’s trash,” Price said. “He had an unbelievable career and he’s a Hall of Famer. I saw his special on MLB Network. It was cool. The one thing that stood out to me was that he had zero former teammates in that interview. Not one talking about him. It was him talking about himself.
“If anybody ever does a special on me after baseball, I won’t need to go on that interview. I will have former teammates. I will have former coaches. He didn’t have that. To me, that’s all you need to know. That tells the story right there.”
Two years ago, Price took issue with Eckersley’s on-air comments about Red Sox lefty Eduardo Rodriguez. Price confronted Eckersley on the team plane afterward, blocking him in the aisle and cursing at him.
Cora, who was hired in 2018, was not around for the initial incident, but he said he isn’t worried about the situation.
“When I got here, somebody asked me about that story, and I wasn’t here when it happened,” Cora said. “I talked to David this morning and how he feels about it. We’re going to keep it between ourselves. At the same time, if we’re going to turn the page, we have to turn the page.”
Cora added he has not talked to Eckersley on the subject and doesn’t plan to.
–Field Level Media