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The team's first-ever Cy Young winner was given the key to the city.
Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price, who won the Cy Young Award for the first time in franchise history, earned the key to the city of Tampa Tuesday. Tampa mayor Bob Buckhorn declared December 11, 2012 to be "David Price Day," according to MLB.com. Price brought his French bulldog Astro with him to receive the award.
"We're happy to do it," Buckhorn said."You look at the competition and you look at the level of skill that these guys have, to know that he's the best of the best, that speaks volumes. Very humble. You heard it today. He talked all about the team. These are the kinds of awards and accolades that you like to give, because they're very well deserved."
Price thanked the fans for their support and commented on their importance to the team's success.
"That was very cool," Price said afterwards. "To come out here and be able to do this, to be a part of the city of Tampa, to have everyone come out and support me today, that was a great feeling."
Price was later asked on Twitter if every Tuesday would be David Price Day in Tampa.
"I'm saying it is," he joked. "Every Tuesday is David Price Day. Why not?"