David Price thanks Rays, fans in full page newspaper ad
Aug 5, 2014 at 9:35a ET
David Price has begun a new chapter on the mound with the Detroit Tigers. But Tuesday morning, he made known that he still has a heart for Tampa Bay.
The Tampa Bay Rays traded Price, the 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner, last Thursday in a three-way deal that sent him to Detroit in exchange for left-hander Drew Smyly and shortstop prospect Willy Adames from the Tigers. The Rays also received utility man Nick Franklin from the Seattle Mariners.
Price, 11-8 with a 3.11 ERA and 189 strikeouts this season, makes his Tigers debut Tuesday night against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. But as he prepares for a new stage in his career, he wanted to give thanks to Rays fans and other people from his Tampa Bay past with a full-page ad in the sports section of Tuesday's Tampa Bay Times.
Here's the letter, with a cameo by Price's French bulldog, Astro:
Thank you, St. Petersburg and thank you, Tampa. I've lived in both of you and enjoyed every minute.
Thank you, fans. I heard you ringing your bells each time I had two strikes. I heard your applause when I walked off the field. I heard your groans in support of me with close calls on balls and strikes. I heard you, I felt your presence, and I so appreciate you.
Thank you, Joe Maddon and Jim Hickey. You've believed in me. You've taught me. You've given me opportunities to shine. I will have you with me in every game the rest of my career.
Thank you, Cuz, Stanley Mc, Holmes, Foles, Davey, Shelty, Nelly Nel, and the amazing Don Zimmer. You've all meant so very much to me.
Thank you to my incredible Rays teammates. You have been my brothers and greatest friends. Thank you for our times together.
Thank you, Rick Vaughn, Westy, Ronnie P, Nation, and Vinword. I couldn't have made it through a day without you guys.
Thank you, Rays organization. From Vinny in the parking lot, to Berte outside our clubhouse, to Papito, Beans, Champ, T-Wall, Sexy Black, Nasty Nate, and all the many wonderful people who helped and supported me each day I was at the Trop. Thank you for being there.
Thank you, Stu Sternberg and Andrew Friedman. Thank you for drafting me. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to know all of the people I've mentioned above and the opportunity to experience the last six years playing for the Tampa Bay Rays. I'll forever be grateful.
Astro and I love you all. We miss you already. Although we begin a new chapter on the mound tonight, we will never forget you.
David & Astro Price