Important? How About VITAL.
From the Herald, and then I must comment.....FORT MYERS - "The more you think about it, the more you come to the same conclusion. For all of the emphasis being put on Curt Schilling and Keith Foulke this spring, the two most important members of the 2006 Red Sox are Josh Beckett and Jonathan Papelbon."
***Peter here. Boy, are those two sentences an understatement, for if we get great things from Josh and Jonathon, the Sox will not only win the AL East, but they might end up with the best record in the league. Think about it. Beckett nearing 20 wins. Wow, and doable. And Papel? He could anchor the set-up position for the bullpen, assuring that things go well right into inning number nine. And if needed (please don't be needed), he could be our closer. I hope it does not come to that. Because trouble would be the only possible cause of that particular change in his status. And by trouble, I mean Foulkie being more like '05 Foulkie, rather than the '04 version that we knew and loved. No more ninth inning nail biting. No more pacing around the room, wearing holes and tread marks into the carpet and ragged blotches on the botton of those white tube socks. That would be nice. So the puzzle that is Jonathon Papelbon, Josh Beckett, as well as Foulke and Schill, has yet to be put together, the pattern not yet established. But it will. And our fortunes will follow that puzzle's pattern. A smiley face puzzle? I hope so. I really do. As do we all.