BLUE HILL, Maine — For Terry M. Cross, it was a moment of bliss, like you’d get from a really good massage.
The New England Sports Network showed Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price. The left-hander was in Boston’s dugout during the seventh inning of Boston’s 3-2 win over Tampa Bay on March 31 using Cross’s invention — the Armaid.
Looking vaguely like a nutcracker, the physical therapy device has four therapy attachments, including balls and rollers, through which Price ran the forearm, wrist and fingers of his pitching arm. The massage tool mystified Red Sox announcer Jerry Remy.
“They got all kinds of gadgets now,” Remy told his audience. “What do you think that’s doing?”
Cross, who manufactures the Armaid at his home in Blue Hill, was happy to explain.
“David was using it to relieve his tight thumb muscles and tendons into the thumb and his hand,” the 65-year-old sports injury massage therapist said.