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World Series rewind: The one person who beat David Price Wednesday, what others are saying

David Price with son Xavier at the postgame press conference. [MARC TOPKIN | Times]
David Price with son Xavier at the postgame press conference. [MARC TOPKIN | Times]
Published Oct. 25, 2018
Updated Oct. 25, 2018

BOSTON – The only person to beat David Price on Wednesday was his 17-month-old son Xavier.

Just over two minutes in Price's post-game media session, Xavier had wiggled and squirmed and fidgeted enough that Price called for his wife, Tiffany, who was seated in the second row, to take him off the stage.

"You win, dude,'' Price said.

But otherwise, he pretty much ruled the night.

After winning his first career postseason game as a starter last win in the ALCS clincher in Houston, Price made it two in a row with a dominating performance in his first World Series start, allowing two runs over six innings in a 4-2 win that put the Red Sox up 2-0.

"It's huge,''  Price said. "This is the biggest stage in baseball. There's no other stage that's going to be bigger than pitching in a World Series game, unless it's Game 7 of the World Series.

"To be able to do that, it feels good, for sure. I'm pumped for myself, pumped for all my teammates and coaches for us to be two wins away … that's a good feeling.''

Here is what some others were saying about Price, and what they saw in his Wednesday performance:

Red Sox teammate RHP Rick Porcello:

"Same as I've seen him show me every single time I've watched him take the ball. He's got guts. He's got an unbelievable competitive edge to him. And he's an extremely talented pitcher. It's just another great start by David Price. I don't know what else anybody is looking for. This guy has been unbelievable the entire second half. And we've leaned on him the entire second half and he's carried us. And he's done more of the same here.''

Red Sox pitching coach Dana LeVangie:

"To be honest with you, it's the David Price we've seen in Tampa Bay. The David Price we've seen in Detroit and Toronto and here with us. Any time David takes the ball you have a really good chance of winning the baseball game. His commitment to executing pitches, his commitment to his pitch mix.

"It's really special to watch him pitch, and have success finally in the postseason, because he works hard at it. Really happy to watch it, be a part of it. He works hard at it. Sometimes that's overlooked. Sometimes it's overlooked how much he's willing to make adjustments whether it's start to start, or year to year. He's really, really committed to his craft. It's fun to watch.''

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts:

"You've got to give credit to Price. He made pitches when he needed to. We had him, we had him on the ropes. I thought that early on we stressed him. We had some situational at-bats, got some baserunners, took our walks. And the difference is they got the big hit when they needed and we didn't.''

Red Sox manager Alex Cora:

"He's been throwing the ball well. He had the tough run against the Yankees. But the first start against Houston, George (Springer) hits a broken-bat double and we don't finish a play, and then Marwin (Gonzalez) hits a home run. He threw the ball extremely well. He pitched great in Houston and today he was amazing.

"He was missing his spots by not much. He was pitching to the edges of the strike zone. Good fastball, good two-seamer, good changeup. And like I said, in Houston, I get it, the numbers and all that, but this guy is a great pitcher, he's been one of the best pitchers in the big leagues for a while and he cares.

"On a personal note, I'm very proud for him, very happy for him that now he can keep pitching. Like he said the last time, there's not going to be questions in spring training about David Price in October. He beat the Houston Astros in Houston. He beat the Dodgers here in Fenway Park. So I'm happy for that because he deserves it. This guy works, he cares about his teammates, and like I said before, he's one of the best pitchers in the big leagues.''

Dodgers 1B David Freese:

"Price has been around awhile. He knows what he's doing. It doesn't matter how he's done in the postseason or not, he can grab that ball and shut you down, and that's what he did tonight. I think he was confident. I think that last outing he was like, 'Sure, let's go.' And he came out and did the same thing.  Got good action on his ball – he comes at you slow, and lets it rip. You have to stay stubborn, stay back, and try to pound something up the middle.''

Red Sox teammate DH J.D. Martinez:

"He was definitely pumped coming out. He was out there battling his butt off and you have to tip your hat to him. These last two outings he's been unbelievable.

"And I'm so happy for him and proud of him, going through all that criticism that he's been getting here to bounce back to what he's been doing. He's a huge part of our team and I couldn't be happier for him.''

More from Cora:

"One thing for sure, I trust the guy, we trust him, we love him. … I'm very happy for him. He was amazing tonight. He was into it, too. I don't think he liked the fact that I took him out in the 6th, I'll tell you that. … I think that's the first time I've seen the whole season where he went to the umpire after the third out and kind of let him know how he felt about the strike zone. You don't see that often. And when he did that, it was like, okay, cool. … And even in the sixth inning, probably he was thinking he was going back in the seventh. But you could see him, he got the last out, and there was a smile kind of like, yeah, I got it, I'm good. I'm in control. But by that time the manager had decided to take him out of the game."