"Obviously it was different circumstances".
Like Price, Kershaw can opt out of a contract this week, but the disappointment of losing was front and center for him after giving up four runs and seven hits (three homers) in seven innings.
"I'm not hopeless, I'm hopeful", Morales said. I don't think he was privy to the conversation.
"It was tough, absolutely", he said. He might be remembered as the scapegoat for the Dodgers' failure, and he is indeed the easy target: the mercenary who was brought in to win a title and who did not, and who wasn't around long enough for anyone to get attached. That feels so good. "It felt great. That was the most calm I've been all year".
Price's dad, Bonnie, had a similar take on the abuse his son took from the fans. The Red Sox won it in the ninth and we can all get to sleep at a reasonable hour tonight. "He fulfilled his commitment". Houston won last year's World Series here in seven games. "He's done that. Now they can leave him alone, the fans can". Prior to that, several of the Dodgers fans in attendance voiced their disapproval of Roberts, even though he makes most of his decisions in conjunction with an analytically inclined front office.
"To hear them chant "David Price" was awesome".
"I'm focused on winning today".
Boston's 119 total wins are the third-most in baseball history. "And I've gone through a lot in my life or in my career to be here, and I couldn't be more thankful". They will have to add a few quality relievers.
Price worked briefly in relief Friday, throwing 13 pitches to three hitters, and warmed up Saturday.
And they finished it in style as their ace, Chris Sale, ended it by striking out Manny Machado.
While Sale did not take the field during the team's win on Saturday, he was certainly active. "I started locking it in, put on my headphones to get in that mode".
"He's in a good place, not only mentally but physically", Alex Cora said before Game 5. On Sunday, he pitched seven innings and gave up just one run, and walked off the mound to a standing ovation from the Boston supporters, who attended the series in Los Angeles in droves. "Managers do it all the time, big mistake!"
"Seeing all these grown men over there, just acting like kids, that's what it's all about", Price said after pitching three-hit ball into the eighth inning on short rest. "But the World Series is a bucket-list thing".