David Price just became a very, very rich man. The left-hander signed his name on a seven-year, $217 million deal with the Boston Red Sox, making him the highest paid pitcher ever.
There are plenty of people who think Price deserves the pay day and plenty who think his postseason performances make him a bit of a liability down the stretch. There’s also one person in particular who is pretty proud of him; his long-time girlfriend Tiffany Smith.
The two have been together for years, gone through four teams together and criss-crossed the country more times than they can count. Now, the two will head to Boston together as Price and Smith look towards the next chapter of his career on the mound. Here’s what you need to know about Smith:
1. Smith Has Previously Blasted Red Sox Fans on Twitter
Smith and Boston don’t exactly have the best history together. In 2013, while Price was still with the Tampa Bay Rays, he had a less-than-stellar October performance at Fenway and his loss dropped the squad into an 0-2 series hole.
The night before, Price had posted this on Twitter:
As well as this:
Smith did add that she was happy there were “those who choose to break that rule,” but the comments exploded on social media and, now, with Price heading back to Fenway, this time to join the Red Sox pitching rotation, the infamous tweets are starting to resurface.
Smith also tweeted after Price’s Game 2 loss, pointing out that David Ortiz may have flaunted his home run. She wrote: “Wow he pimped the crap out of that homerun. #KeepItClassyBoston.”
2. Price Backed Smith Up at the Time, Tweeting His Own Criticisms
Smith wasn’t the only one making controversial comments during that October 2013 trip to Fenway. Even Price got in on the Twitter action. After his loss he posted this about the TBS network commentators:
Dirk Hayhurst…COULDNT hack it…Tom Verducci wasn’t even a water boy in high school…but yet they can still bash a player…SAVE IT NERDS
According to ESPN, Price also muttered the same “nerds” insult when he walked away from reporters after the game. It didn’t take long for the internet to respond to Price and criticize his decision to list his diamond accomplishments as well. In the end, the pitcher apologized via Twitter:
3. Smith Graduated From Kansas State & Is an Avid Wildcats Fan
As if her Twitter handle weren’t enough of a clue, Smith is a graduated of Kansas State and it takes just one scroll through her social media profile to realize she’s fairly invested in the success of her alma mater’s sports teams.
Earlier this year, when the Wildcats marching band faced a bit of scrutiny for its formation during a halftime performance, Smith was quick to point out that she enjoyed it.
4. She Regularly Travels to Watch Price Pitch
Smith is a regular in the stands whenever Price is pitching and has joined the pitcher in every city he’s played in, including, most recently, Toronto. The pair even have a bit of a routine the night before a start.
She’s also not shy about sharing some of the ins-and-outs of her relationship with Price, whether it’s on Twitter or, in October, when she and the ace appeared on the Dan Patrick Show.
I know that people have heard he names everything, but he literally does name everything. Everything has to have a name. Like he’ll name his boogers. We were only dating like a month and he goes ‘Hey Reggie!’ and I was like, ‘Reggie?’ and he goes, ‘Yeah, that red pimple in the middle of your forehead.’ I almost broke up with him. So he literally names everything.
Aren’t long-term relationships the best?
5. Smith & Price Are Pet Parents to Their Dog Astro
Price is a pretty famous guy. He’s won a CY Young Award, he’s now the highest paid pitcher in the league and, despite that, people still want to know about his dog. The left-hader and Smith are puppy parents to one of the most adorable dogs on the planet; Astro Price.
The French bulldog has been a part of the Price family since his Tampa Bay days and is a mainstay at the ballpark. He was even included in his thank you ad to Rays fans after Price was traded in 2014. Astro also has his own Twitter account, with over 5,000 followers, and regularly posts updates on his life around the diamond.
You know what that means Boston, you aren’t only getting Price and Smith in this deal. You’re getting Astro too.