David Price has stood tall on the Tropicana Field mound in his Rays uniform and pitched through many pressure-packed, stressful situations with nary a hint of fear.
But standing about 100 feet away Wednesday, in front of an MLB Network camera by the visiting dugout, he just about let you see him sweat. Literally. The preamble and chatter were over, and the announcement of the American League Cy Young Award was, finally, seconds away.
"I was just hoping I wasn't sweating through my suit," Price said. "My feet were numb. I had so many emotions going through me. I was thinking everything at that point."
Price admitted this was a different, more difficult type of pressure than he was used to.
And an incredible feeling of joy and satisfaction when he was named the winner of the award for the league's best pitcher by the slimmest margin in more than 40 years, finishing four points ahead of Detroit's Justin Verlander.