The Red Sox Oracle told me this morning that Keith Foulke has already reported to Ft. Myers.
"But he doesn't have to--"
"I know," said the RSO. "I think he's trying to make up for being a jerk last year."
He underwent surgery and played catch for 13 minutes Tuesday. He was the first veteran pitcher to report.
This makes me laugh. "He played catch for 13 minutes Tuesday." Only in Red Sox Nation would it be of interest--in fact, I Googled for it--that Keith Foulke played catch for thirteen whole minutes on Tuesday.
But still. Of more interest is the next sentence: "He was the first veteran pitcher to report."
Ever the wet blanket, the Globe reports:
Francona says he's coming into camp assuming that Foulke is the closer. The best-case precedent for the Red Sox could be Jose Mesa, who was awful with the Phillies in 2003, when he had an ERA of 6.52, then saved 43 games with a 3.25 ERA the next season. A change of scenery was involved, however: Mesa's comeback year came with the also-ran Pirates.
"Maybe he's out for blood this year," the RSO said to me this morning.
"That would be excellent," I replied. And it would be. Because if he returns to form this year, I'm going to have to ask all the people who gave me shit last year while he struggled because he's my binky to bite me hard. Actually, why don't they go ahead and bite him, too. In fact, I'll say it preemptively: in the event Keith Foulke is nails again this year, you can feel free to bite us both.
*I just have to reprint this bit of dialogue, supposedly between Foulke and Wade Miller at one of these parties, originally posted on the On the DL blog--
"'First you pull up here and beep, then you park like an A**hole and then you can't keep your Goddamn mouth shut in the hall, what the hell is wrong with you!'
'You are picking on me, I havent been picked on since the fourth grade and you are picking on me!'"
I would give a semi-important body part to know which line came from which guy.