The Red Sox are off to a rough start in their World Series title defense.
Boston dropped to 2-8 after their third-straight defeat on Saturday. David Price allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Red Sox 5-4.
Despite the slow start, the lefthander hopes the team hears cheers at Fenway Park on Tuesday. The Red Sox will celebrate their fourth ring ceremony in 15 seasons with their fellow champions, the New England Patriots, on hand for the festivities.
Asked what the reception will be like from the Fenway faithful, Price responded, “Cheers, I hope.”
“I don’t think anybody has ever gotten their World Series rings and gotten booed,” he said. “I think we’ll get cheered.”
The pitcher acknowledged his frustration after a four-run second inning boosted the Diamondbacks. He noted that one tough inning has been an Achilles’ heel throughout his career, but said that each member of the team understands they’ll dig out of the slump.
“We’ve just gotta take it one game at a time like we did last year, when we won 108 games, 119 on the season, and World Series champions,” Price said. “We just need to get back home. Our fans will remind us of how good we are.”
Price refused to blame the schedule — the Sox opened the season with 11 games on the West Coast — for the team’s record, adding that he sees the Yankees handle travel after night games all the time.
Though Price said everyone in the clubhouse is frustrated, manager Alex Cora told reporters, “There’s no frustration, man.”
“We just keep grinding. We show up tomorrow,” Cora said. “Hopefully we have a happy flight, go home. See the family on Monday. Hang out with your kids and all that. Kind of put everything into perspective and move forward.”