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Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014
Editorials

A classy professional athlete

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There's a lot of bad news and sad news surrounding professional sports right now, with a former New England Patriot (and Florida Gator) football player facing murder charges and the likelihood that another major doping scandal is about to tarnish Major League Baseball.

But in our neighborhood last week, fans saw sportsmanship at its best when David Price, the ace of the Tampa Bay Rays pitching staff, sent an encouraging note to Jarred Cosart of the Houston Astros, who was about make his big league debut - against Price - at Tropicana Field.

Price tweeted Cosart a good luck message and reminded him to "have fun."

He had fun, all right. In fact, he had a first game he'll never forget, beating Price - who last season was judged the best pitcher in the American League - while flirting with a no-hitter. He didn't gave up a hit until the Rays' Ben Zobrist singled in the seventh inning.

Price proved he's a class act, and Cosart's initial appearance was exceedingly impressive. He later acknowledged he had deeply appreciated his opponent's encouragement.

That's the way sports - they are only games, after all - ought to be all the time.

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