Quoth "Chops" on the below post:
Congrats on your boy Foulkie having a great outing. Two or three like that in the regular season and we'll all be jumping on your bandwagon!
First let me say, I realize I'm being irrationally bitchy about it at this point, but I took so much bullshit and went through so much aggravation last season with this "sticking by Foulkie at all costs" thing that I'm still feeling kind of bitter about it, and I'm not yet ready to allow access to my bandwagon just yet. The immature part of me totally wants the satisfaction of saying, "Sorry, no room".
Secondly, and somewhat paradoxically, however, it may be that the trials and tribulations of last year have made me more wary this time around the subject of his progress. While last year in the face of unremitting evidence that Foulke, well, flat-out sucked, I insisted it either wasn't that bad or it was gonna get better. Now that there's at least some evidence he's getting a grip, I remain afraid that he'll prove correct a prediction by Bill Simmons that he'll have to shut it down as early as May 10. I guess having spent nearly the entirety of last season being Charlie Brown with that football, I'm not too inclined to take another run at it at the moment. And so another, equally irrational part of me wants to say, "Fine, in fact, why don't you take over the bandwagon?"
Bottom line: I'm encouraged by what Foulke has shown so far. And yet, he's managed two innings of sharp work only after a full spring of Synvisc and being handled with kid gloves. There is always the possibility--a possibility I now find, ironically, I can't dismiss--that Foulke's just got nothing left. I guess I learned my lesson the hard way last year. Right now, shocking as it may seem, I just want to wait a little longer and see. I've backed off the blind support some, at least for now, and find myself hedging my bets.
However--and it's a big however--should Foulke roar back into 2004 form, my invitation to bite us both in lieu of the piling on in 2005 will still stand. And I still maintain that as Foulke goes, so goes the entire team, so you can bet I'll be rooting for him with ferocious enthusiasm (because whether or not I feel uncertainty about whether or not it will happen doesn't mean I don't desperately want it to happen, and happen with a vengeance).
And also, should the Stud of Aught Four return, at some later date there will probably be free celebratory Cheetos and beer for everyone on that bandwagon. So while I'm not accepting new applicants at the moment, don't lose your place in line.