DETROIT (WXYZ) - David Price admitted the butterflies were getting to him during his first bullpen session at Comerica Park Saturday afternoon.
"My legs were shaking in my bullpen," said Price.
The 2012 Cy Young winner has a keen understanding of what's expected of him with his new club. The Tigers boldly added Price to the starting rotation in an effort to bolster their postseason rotation and finally claim what has become an elusive World Series championship.
"I want to throw well, first and foremost, for these guys on the squad and then definitely for the city of Detroit and the packed houses in here at Comerica," said Price. "It will be different. It will be new. I'm looking forward to it."
Price took the field at Comerica Park shortly after 2pm Saturday afternoon, lightly tossing in the outfield before taking the mound in the home bullpen. He threw for approximately 10 minutes to catcher Bryan Holaday under the watchful eye of pitching coach Jeff Jones.
He will make his first start for Detroit on Tuesday night, when the Tigers face the Yankees in New York.
"That's the biggest stage in baseball," said Price. "New York is a tough place to pitch. I've been a part of quite a few milestones with Derek Jeter there. I relish the (chance) to pitch in that ballpark, the biggest stage in baseball. They're always tough."
While the nation will be tuned in to his first start against the Yankees, it's what he can do down the stretch that will ultimately define the success or failure of this trade.
"To get back to the World Series, that would be pretty special," said Price, who played in the 2008 series when the Rays lost to the Phillies. "And then to go on and win one, that would be kind of crazy."