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Thursday, May 24, 2018

David Price to Sell ‘I Gave Up DJ’s 3K’ Memorabilia for Giving Up Derek Jeter Hit

Nobody wants to be remembered for being on the wrong side of a record. No player wants to have his name in the history books for being the guy who allowed an opponent to reach a milestone. Except maybe David Price.  There’s a fine line between being a good sport and looking like a mush, and Price may have crossed it in order to do Derek Jeter and memorabilia collectors a favor.

On Thursday, Steiner Sports announced that Price has agreed to autograph memorabilia in honor of his giving up Jeter’s 3,000 career hit, which as you know was a homer.  If you don’t consider Price a sellout for signing stuff, consider the fact that he has also agreed to include the inscription, “I Gave Up DJ’s 3K.”  Perhaps I’m a hater, but that seems like a little much.  If Price is doing it for the money, he probably should have taken a page out of Christian Lopez’s book and let the money come to him in other ways.  I doubt that he is.

You could certainly argue that Price is just being a sport and respecting one of the game’s all-time greats, but I doubt anyone would have blamed him for having some pride and declining the “I Gave Up DJ’s 3K” part of it.  Autographs are one thing — making sure no one will ever forget that you’re the guy who gave up the most important bomb in Derek Jeter’s career is another.

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