David Price complains about having to buy breast pump for Evan Longoria and Jaime Edmondson

Evan Longoria and Jaime Edmondson are expecting their first child this week. Being the generous guy that he is, Longoria’s Tampa Bay Rays teammate David Price wanted to buy the couple something useful from their baby registry. After all, I can’t imagine there’s much a former Playboy Playmate and a professional baseball player can’t afford to buy for their child on their own.

According to USA Today, Price asked Longoria for some feedback on what he should get from the registry. From the sound of it, he was given an honest answer.

“A breast pump,” Price said. “Hey, Evan told me to buy a breast pump. So I bought a breast pump. Most expensive thing on the registry and I have to buy it.”

Such is life for a guy who will make $10 million in 2013 and probably another $200 million before his career is over if he remains healthy. Breast pumps can cost around $300, but relatively speaking a $300 gift from Price is like a $15 gift from someone who makes $50,000 a year. The flamethrower should have no problem affording it. That’s what friends are for.

David Price would never sign long-term with Yankees because of facial hair policy

The Tampa Bay Rays have David Price under team control for a few more seasons, but history would tell you they are not opposed to trading him before their time with him is up. Price is 27 years old and one of the best left-handed starters in the game. If he continues to pitch the way he has over the past few seasons, he could be destined to become the highest-paid pitcher in MLB history.

If the Rays are unable to afford signing Price to a long-term extension, they could look to trade him while he still holds a ton of value. As John Paul Morosi of FOX Sports reminded us, they traded James Shields to the Kansas City Royals when he was still two years from free agency.

Price understands that his time in Tampa may be limited, but he doesn’t sound like a guy who is simply going to sign with the highest bidder in three years. For example, he has a very specific reason why he doesn’t envision himself pitching for the New York Yankees.

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David Price got neck spasms from toweling himself off

Some people are stoked to have baseball back because that means their favorite team is in action. Others are pumped because they get to draft a new fantasy baseball team. But for us at LBS, the return of baseball means the return of weird baseball injuries. Luckily we’ve already had a few of them.

Rays pitcher David Price only pitched two innings instead of three Thursday because of neck spasms. The spasms were caused when he wiped his neck off with a towel. No joke.

“I was drying my head off after the second inning. It’s happened to me two times before. I catch the back of my head and it pulls my head forward,” Price said. “I felt it in the back of my neck. It was spasming, there was a little pop and it spasmed up. It gets a little tight. I’ll be all right.”

Said manager Joe Maddon: “David might need better technique when it comes to toweling himself down. He’s been doing it for 26 years now. Apparently he doesn’t have it down yet.”

This is the third time since last spring training that Price hurt himself, so maybe Maddon is right.

Below is a video of Price discussing the neck injury via The Tampa Times:

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David Price Says Arbitration Money Can Help Him Buy a Wing in Derek Jeter’s Mansion

Arbitration time can be an exciting time of the year for some players and a frustrating one for others. For guys like David Ortiz who have been looking for a long-term extension but keep agreeing on a one-year salary, it’s tedious. For a young player like David Price who is just now starting to make his millions, it’s fun. Price just reached a one-year deal with the Rays for $4.35 million. According to the Tampa Bay Times, he has at least one idea of what he could spend the money on.

“I just kind of stayed out of it,” Price explained. “I have the all the faith in the world in my agent, Bo McKinnis. He took care of me and got me what I felt like I deserve. I might ask Jeter if I can buy a wing in his house for a little while.”

Jeter, of course, has a monstrous mansion in Tampa.  He happens to have a few more bucks than Price in his bank account, but Price could be on his way to out-earning him if he stays healthy and keeps pitching the way he has the last couple seasons. Not only that, but his car would probably be safe from getting peed on at Jeter’s house.

David Price Finds Man Peeing on His Car Door, Has to Avoid Punch

You ever go out one night just looking to do some charity work and end up having to confront a man who is taking a leak on your car? Me neither, but I bet it sucks. David Price would know. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Price was a guest bartender at one of Joe Maddon’s charity events at a Tampa restaurant on Friday. After a night of pouring drinks for a good cause, Price walked out to his car and found a man peeing on his door.

That’s not all.  The moron apparently wanted some privacy while he was using his version of the restroom and became upset when Price confronted him.  That’s when he turned around and shoved Price and took a swing at him.  I don’t know about you, but my initial thought was that I hope he was done peeing and had put it away before turning around to throw a punch.

“I was relieved with how it turned out,” Price explained while joking that he was too quick for the guy.

Like we were quick to do with Devin Hester when he chose to not retaliate after a man in a casino smacked him for no reason, we want to commend Price for his patience and level-headedness.  If I walked into a parking lot to find a drunk guy peeing on my car, I can’t imagine I would be too pleased.  Some people would have rubbed the guy’s nose in it like he was a four-month old puppy, but Price did the adult thing and avoided a tough situation.

Thanks to NESN for passing the story along.

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.

Johnny Damon, David Price Rock the Super Sam Fuld Cape (Pictures)

Last month we told you that the Rays were planning to replace Manny Ramirez’s bobblehead day with a Super Sam Fuld cape giveaway. Fuld is in his first season with the Rays since being traded from Cubs in the Matt Garza deal. He started off the season scorching hot, batting .396 over the first 16 games of the year. His hot start plus his superb defense in the outfield earned him cult-hero status amongst Rays fans. A twitter hashtag called “legend of Sam Fuld” was born where folks shared stories about Fuld’s accomplishments. The Rays recognized how popular he was and acted swiftly by creating the giveaway.

Though Fuld’s bat has quieted down, the giveaway was no less fun on Sunday. Check out Johnny Damon and David Price both wearing the cape on Sunday prior to the game:

Damon wore the cape as he presented the lineup while Price sported his during warmups. Sam Gardner says many of the players also wore the cape on Friday during warmups. The cool thing about the cape is that it appealed to folks of all ages. Check out the pics:

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