Price returns to the Trop with a big smile

St. Petersburg, Florida -- Just two and a half weeks after the trade to the Detroit Tigers, David Price returned to Tropicana Field on Tuesday where he spent the first seven and a half seasons of his major league career.

He arrived early and went directly to the Tampa Bay Rays' clubhouse to greet his former teammates.

"It was a little different, but I'm used to this place," Price told reporters. "I'm used to all the guys, I know everybody's names. It was good to see everybody."

Price spent a good deal of time playing video games in the Rays' clubhouse, and he was very proud of the outcome.

"I am 1-0 in NHL today, I beat Jake Odorizzi, on a pass, in overtime, it was good."

A few days after he left, Price took out a full-page ad in the Tampa Bay Times, thanking the Rays' organization and the fans for his time here, which he thoroughly enjoyed.

"This was home to me, and I was just stating that I wanted to stay. I didn't think that was a bad thing," he said.

Price admitted there was a lot he missed about the Bay area, but No. 1 on the list was clear.

"Probably not having my dog Astro with me all the time," Price said about his French Bulldog. "He's been here in Tampa and St. Pete. When I saw him two days ago, that was probably the first time I've seen him in two to three weeks. That was extremely tough."

When asked, Price said he's had no conversations with the Tigers' organization about a long-term contract.

He'll start Thursday afternoon's game against the Rays, and Alex Cobb.


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