David Price was supposed to be a major part of the Dodgers starting rotation this year. Instead, the 35-year-old veteran chose to opt-out of the 2020 season to protect his family from the risks associated with the coronavirus.
Now, Price spends his free time a lot as we all do: staying up late to watch extra-innings games and just being a fan. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal caught up with some of the guys that chose to sit out the season, including the Dodgers’ pitcher. Even though he hasn’t played a game with the team yet, he’s still just as involved.
When we lose a tough game, I do feel it…I’ve never watched this much baseball in my life. And being out West, this is all different for me. I wake up, eat breakfast, 9:30 or 10 o’clock some days, there’s already baseball being played. I get to watch baseball all day long. That’s kind of what I’ve turned into, more of a fan this year.
Price doesn’t just kick back his feet and watch the games though. He’s locked in on every pitch, looking for ways to help the Dodgers from home. He even lets teammates know what he’s seeing from his couch at home.
I’m watching the games, first pitch to last. If I see anything, I try to let our people with the Dodgers know. I have no problem doing it. I enjoy doing it. Even if they don’t ask me to do it, I’m still going to do it. I guess for me it’s kind of a way to feel a part of the team.
There have been talks about whether or not Price would choose to opt back into the season lately. This comes after guys like Nick Markakis chose to jump back into things. But don’t get your hopes up Dodgers fans, Price knows that it wouldn’t be a good move at this point.
To try and get back out there, the negatives would definitely outweigh the positives. I don’t want to make a couple of appearances and throw the ball just fine, then something happens and I have to shut down — I don’t want that to make me miss 2021. My focus right now is to be 100 percent ready to go in 2021 for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Price talked several times about wanting to be ready for 2021, and it sounds like the Dodgers are getting one heck of a competitor. He has not pitched in a game since Spring Training back in March, but Price plans on starting his throwing program for 2021 earlier than usual.