Friday, February 16, 2007

Foulke rides off into the sunset...

Keith Foulke announced his retirement today saying that he has been experiencing elbow pain in recent weeks. I absolutely believe that he ended his career winning us the 2004 World Series. In 14 innings pitched in the 2004 playoffs, Foulke gave up 1…ONE earned run and four hits in playoffs in which it seemed like he pitched every game. He pitched a scoreless 1.2 against the Angels in the clinching game of the ALDS. In the ALCS against the Yanks, he appeared in games 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6. He pitched 2.2 innings in game 4, followed by 1.1 innings in game 5 (what closer would pitch almost 3 innings one day, then come back and pitch the next day?!?), and then came back with an inning in game 6 for the save and force game 7. I mean, you can’t argue with Papi being MVP, but Foulke made a good case. He was never the same in 2005 or 2006. He was the kind of guy who wanted the ball when the game is on the line and I believe we’d still be hearing 19-18 with out him. Also, he always seemed like he’d be a good time to have around didn’t he? The kind of guy that would be fun to have a few beers with (or vodka tonics with). Anyways, I’m a little bummed out that he’s not going to be making the trek back to the Fens in May with Trot, I was looking forward to seeing him.

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