Continue to build relationship with fans
When players perform and help their teams win championships, Boston sports fans will have a love affair with that player.
Consider David Price that person you don’t think you are going to like during the first date but grows on you.
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In part, Price’s spat with former Red Sox pitcher and current part-time color commentator Dennis Eckersley made Price a player fans wanted to run out of town. With his large contract and not living up to Cy Young expectations, the run in with Eck made the veteran lefty the antagonist in that situation.
But, even with that, Boston Red Sox fans definitely wanted to like and support Price. That showed in the ALCS when the Fenway Park crowd gave him a standing ovation after he pitched solid against the Houston Astros in the eventual Game 2 victory.
He didn’t qualify for his first postseason win, but the effort was appreciated by fans, especially after he was booed off the field after he struggled in the Game 2 loss to the New York Yankees in the ALDS. That showed how much fans will support a player when they know the passion to compete is there.
David Price further displayed that passion in the World Series with his dominate pitching performance. That effort has certainly won him over on fans and in 2019 he must continue to build that relationship.
When the fans are behind you, it makes success as a Boston athlete even more sweet.