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McAdam: David Price can’t let go of past feud with Dennis Eckersley

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Thanks to his standout performance in the 2018 ALCS and World Series, David Price left his reputation as a shaky postseason performer behind last October.

Price freed himself from his past history and earned himself a fresh start with Red Sox fans. Duckboats and parades can go a long way in the cleansing process.

But there's another part of his history that Price can't let go of -- his petty feud with Hall of Fame pitcher and NESN broadcaster Dennis Eckersley that dates back better than two years.

In the 2017 season, Price took great exception to Eckersley's one-word response (''Yuck!") to an on-screen graphic showing the results of a less-than-impressive rehab start by Eduardo Rodriguez. To register his displeasure, Price went to great lengths to coordinate a confrontation of Eckersley on the team charter.

It was the kind of behavior that seemed to typify the team's disfunction that season, and when manager John Farrell, fearing a split clubhouse, failed to intervene, it effectively sealed his fate.

The passage of time -- to say nothing of the team's title and Price's personal redemption -- appeared to put the matter in the rear view mirror.

Until Wednesday.