Foulkie: "All That Matters Is That We Win." Get Back, Keith!
From the Globe, and then my comments....."Francona, before the game, approached Foulke and told him that if Beckett went seven, and Timlin pitched an inning, Papelbon would probably close the game out, because he's the best arm the Sox have out there at the moment. Foulke, afterward, said he's fine with that.
''Hell, when I get my stuff together and go back to that spot, so be it," Foulke said. ''All that matters is we win."
***Peter here. And what a great attitude. I didn't want my first post of today to reflect my initial excitement that Foulke was out and Papel was in. But if it plays out that way, so be it. With the unselfish attitude that Keith Foulke showed when he made the preceding comments, this is a no-lose situation for our club. And when, not if, Foulkie regains his form and returns to the role of closer, after some work that was not accomplished when it usually would, during Spring training, we will be all the better for it. So the hope remains, although the alternative is crazily tempting, that Keith Foulke gets himself back to where he was before 2005. Back to where he once belonged, as Paul McCartney said in the 1969 Beatles' song, Get Back. Go for it, Keith. And there is no hurry. Get back to the domination of '04. We would all be so happy.