David Price can only hope the road to the playoffs will be a little smoother than the one he travelled to get to Toronto.
The new Blue Jays pitcher was to be introduced to members of the media on Friday afternoon before Toronto's game against the Kansas City Royals at Rogers Centre.
But as Price does on a regular basis on the mound, life threw the big lefty a curve when his luxury automobile suffered a flat tire on a Michigan Interstate.
"Sweet tire blew out on my way to the 6," the former Detroit Tiger posted on Twitter shortly after 10 a.m.
The 29-year-old has obviously been boning up on Toronto's pop-culture since the stunning trade-deadline deal with the Tigers went down on Thursday. The "6" is a reference to Toronto bestowed on the city by Canadian hip-hop artist Drake.
About an hour later, Price tweeted that the roadside assistance people who stopped to help did not have the proper tires to fit his ride. "Unreal," Price wrote, including a picture of his car already hoisted onto a truck flatbed for a lift to the repair shop.
Sort of like the way the Blue Jays are hoping that Price will be able to lift them on his shoulders and lead them to the postseason, a feat Toronto last accomplished in 1993 when it won the World Series.
"He knows the situation," said Toronto manager John Gibbons, whose team headed into the day two games out in the American League wild card race. "He's a free agent in two months. He's been through it before with Detroit last year. Just more opportunity for him to showcase himself, really, and help us."
Price's travel issues meant that his introductory news conference was delayed until after the game against the Royals.
"It's been a pretty long day for me but it was definitely well worth it," Price said after watching his new team scratch and claw it's way to a 7-6 win in 11 innings over the Royals. " I'm happy to be here."
Considered the best pitcher on the trade market and one of baseball's best pitchers, period, Price did not arrive at Rogers Centre until about 90 minutes before first pitch. One of his first tasks was to get in a side pitching session.
Just before the start of the bottom of the second inning, Price was shown on the stadium's huge video screen, standing in the Toronto dugout in uniform, with a white towel slung around his neck.
His presence prompted a hearty ovation from the Rogers Centre gathering prompting a smile and a wave from the newcomer.
The Blue Jays had a need for a starter in Sunday's game against K.C. that many assumed Price would slide into.
However, Gibbons said that knuckleballer R.A. Dickey will come back on just three days rest and make that start. Price will make his pitching debut in a Toronto uniform on Monday in the series opener against the Minnesota Twins.
The Blue Jays acquired Price, who will become a free agent at the season's end, in exchange for three pitching prospects that included Daniel Norris. Toronto will be on the hook for roughly $7.4-million (U.S.) of Price's salary the rest of the season.
After the trade, Price tweeted that he hoped that the Blue Jays would provide him with a trash bag full of popcorn. When he got inside the Toronto clubhouse on Friday he found his new locker was overflowing with the stuff.
"Popcorn's very doable," joked Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos, whose industrious week of spending the money of team owner Rogers Communications Inc. continued Friday morning.
In advance of Friday's 4 p.m. (ET) trade deadline, Anthopoulos swung two more deals in the hopes of strengthening his team's lineup heading into the final two months of the season.
His day started with the acquisition of reliever Mark Lowe from the Seattle Mariners. In exchange, the Blue Jays sent minor-league pitchers Nick Wells, Jacob Brentz and Rob Rasmussen to Seattle.
Lowe, a 32-year-old right-hander, has a 1.00 earned-run average with 37 strikeouts and 11 walks in 36 innings. Gibbons said Lowe can be utilized anywhere from the seventh to the ninth inning.
Later in the day, the Blue Jays announced the acquisition of outfielder Ben Revere and cash considerations from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for a couple of more minor-league pitchers in Alberto Tirado and Jimmy Cordero.
Revere should be a useful piece, a contact hitter with good speed who will see plenty of playing time in left field. That was the position Michael Saunders was supposed to play before a knee injury in spring training ruined his season.
Revere is hitting .296 with 24 stolen bases in 96 games this season.
So it has been a busy week for Anthopoulos, which started out when he traded Jose Reyes and three prospects on Tuesday to get shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins from the Colorado Rockies.
"I tell you what, Alex isn't letting up," Gibbons said.
Price was asked after the game if there is a chance he might reconsider resigning with Toronto for next season when he becomes a free agent.
He said he would not rule it out.
"This is a place that wants to win, that's what you want to be a part of," he said. "I want to win championships, I want to do great things for whatever organization that I play for. This organization definitely put their best foot forward at the trade deadline."