“I was 18 years old, and I had a chance to sign, I guess, for around $1 million. For an 18-year-old, that’s a ton of money. That’s money I wanted right then and there. But I sat down and talked with my parents. I told them I didn’t think I was ready. I wasn’t a man. I wasn’t mature enough to play (professional) baseball. I was still a little boy. My mom did my laundry. She made all of my food. She did everything for me. I wasn’t ready to be in the real world by myself. That was the best decision I ever made, to not (sign) out of high school and go to college.”—Price.
"The ‘Rays Way’ and ‘Another Way’ are synonymous terms," the manager said. "On an annual basis, we have to try to figure out a way to take what’s given to us and try to make it work."
I thought this was an interesting fact: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the 2011 Rays will become the only team in history to have to replace that many pitchers who worked in that many games the year before.
"Everyone underestimates us every year,” Shields said, laughing. “We’re never going to be the top seed going into the season when you’re dealing with $200 million payrolls in the Yankees and Red Sox. But we don’t care. We like the fact that people underestimate us.”