" JP was our captain, heart, and many times the hero of our team. I'm proud to have known him as a teammate and as a friend. The kid had magic in his bat and an unworldly amount of talent and charisma. The young men who wear the Blizzard unis of today must know that Johnny is within that blue threading and he may be gone but he is not lost. He is our Blizzard blue angel."
- Willem Aldrich
"Well, I'm lucky enough to have had Johnny on every single one of Blizzard teams so, if you know Johnny at all, there are too many stories to tell. It's nearly impossible to describe john but he was just a class act. He did everything the right way. Too many memories to share..."
"I remember Johnny as the guy that always had a smile on his face. And no matter what he always brought an attitude that was unmatched everywhere he went."
"My best memory was his hitting performance at the Scout Stop tournament. I know Barta has the actual stats but that was the best hitting performance I've seen."
"Johnny price carried around with him a special energy. It was something that you can't really put your finger on. Regardless of your day, your mood, your schedule Johnny would instantly change the day. A constant smile, and a constant late arrival, players would get excited to be in the same group as him. His animated, care free spirit would allow for others to let their guard down and show their true self.
Something I got to see more than most was how truly special of a hitter he was. When you spend 7 hours a day in a cage you see a lot of swings - both good and bad. You develop a numbness to the every day sound of the bat and baseball flying up, down, and around your head. Every once in awhile guys will come in who just shake your cage a little. That was Johnny. I think he would have swung a 40/40 if he had the chance.
After he would hit Johnny would head to the "weight room" at MASH. This consisted of a mezzanine area where you could not drop any type of weight so we put our deadlift platform underneath a set of stairs on the first level. That's where the cages were.
"How much can you deadlift, Steve?" Johnny would always ask. When i told him 500 plus pounds he responded with "Ok, I'm at about 315 right now, what are you gonna do when I reach 500?" My answer, "Unlimited hitting lessons whenever you want because you aren't gonna sniff 500 until long after you are done playing."
I knew what I was doing.
EVERY TIME he would deadlift after that he would yell "GET THAT ARM READY CAUSE I'M COMING FOR 500!"
This was beautifully done by a high school aged kid. Today we try to get our athletes to understand the importance of relating to others, treating others right, hand shakes, and character.
Johnny blew all those out of the water without any help. His response was 50/50 true belief to get to 500 and the other 50 knowing I would crack up every time he yelled at me. The world was a much better place - my world was a much better place with Johnny in it.
I will be forever grateful to Johnny and the Price family for allowing me to be around. The relationship we were able to develop was something that didn't and still doesn't need to be explained or thought of because it was so genuine. I learned how to talk to players thanks to him. How to communicate, how to relate, how to make people believe. In the early days of MASH and in my early days of coaching I was trying to find myself. Figure out who I could be and what I could provide players. Johnny made me realize its not about the swing, the weights, the results. Its about the person. The person in front of you trusting you to guide them in the right direction. Love ya kid."
-Coach Steve McGuiggan, Minnesota MASH