If you’ve ever seen a close up of David Price’s glove, the words “Live Like Nate” grace the side of it. The story behind it is one of friendship, loss and inspiration. Nathan Stephens, childhood best friend of Price, lost his life at the age of 22 to a heart attack. Like Price, Nathan was a graduate of Blackman High School, which is where their friendship grew.
“Most of the time, if you saw one, it was almost hard not to see the other one,” said Price’s father.
Nathan made an impression on all he met. When he lost his life too early, Price vowed to keep his memory alive. Putting the phrase “Live Like Nate” on bracelets to help friends and family cope with the loss of such a wonderful life was also a way to remind people to live life like Nathan did: full of joy with a heart for giving.
To help preserve Nathan’s memory even more, Price stitched the words “Live Like Nate” on to his glove.
Price said he carries the memory of Nathan and Tyler Morrissey, another high school friend killed in an April 2008 car accident, with him every time he takes the mound.
“I thought about those guys all the time, every day. Seriously every day I was thinking about them. After the Boston game, I remember just saying to myself, they were definitely there with me for that, and I know they are. I think about them all the time,” Price said.
Part of the “Live Like Nate” mentality goes into Project One Four’s fundraising efforts. Blackman High School created the Nathan Stephens Memorial Scholarship in honor of Nathan. It is awarded to one college-bound student a year who exemplifies the same traits as Stephens: strong academics, athletic participation and outstanding character. To date, Project One Four has raised $32,000 for the scholarship.