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    Keith Foulke calls it quits after reportedly having recent elbow problems according to WEEI. I'll always remember you throwing the final pitch of the 2004 World Series Foulke, even though you were a greedy, egotistical jerk.

  • #2
    The funniest thing about that final out, is that you could tell he was surprised to have the ball, and VERY nervous. lol. He ran towards the base, and looked scared to throw it, and ended up tossing it underhanded. lol.

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    • #3
      Well, if you were about to make the assist in the final out that would set off the biggest party Boston has seen since 1776, wouldn't you be scared? I'd have been so nervous I probably would have hauled off and dinged the ball into the stands somewhere.
      --Annie
      Be civil to all, sociable to many, familiar with few, friend to one, enemy to none. -Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (1706-1790)
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      • #4
        Hell, I was nervous just watching him run. Especially being a Sox fan, I was waiting for him to screw it up. lol.

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        • #5
          I'm kinda sad to see him go. He made alot of memories, and pitched his butt off in some big time games. IMO under-rated in the magical 04 season!!

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          • #6
            Foulke had a fine career and has nothing to be ashamed of.
            Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball

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            • #7
              Originally posted by KCGHOST
              Foulke had a fine career and has nothing to be ashamed of.
              Incredibly true. Just as good as Mariano for about a 6 year period.
              Originally posted by Domenic
              The Yankees should see if Yogi Berra can still get behind the plate - he has ten World Series rings... he must be worth forty or fifty million a season.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Westlake
                Incredibly true. Just as good as Mariano for about a 6 year period.
                At first I looked at this and I was like "No way!" I didn't think Foulke had that many good years, I was thinking maybe 4. But you're right. From '99-'04, Foulke was terrific out of the pen and he could rack up a good amount of innings to boot. He wasn't a fulltime closer for 2 of those years, but his numbers out of the pen in those years were terrific nonetheless. His quick decline is ashame - going from one of the best closers in the game to out of baseball in two seasons.

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                • #9
                  Here's the link:
                  Expected to close for Indians, Keith Foulke retires


                  CLEVELAND (AP) -Reliever Keith Foulke, on the mound when Boston ended its 86-year World Series drought, retired Friday just as he was about to begin competing for a closer's job with the Cleveland Indians.

                  Foulke signed a $5 million, one-year free agent contract with the Indians in January. The right-hander had battled injury problems the past two seasons, and last year he was replaced as Boston's closer by rookie Jonathan Papelbon.



                  The 34-year-old recently had elbow soreness and informed the Indians of his decision Thursday when the club's pitchers and catchers reported to Winter Haven, Fla.

                  "Over the last few weeks, while preparing for the 2007 season, my body has not responded as it has in years past,'' Foulke said in a statement. "I feel strongly I will not be able to perform at the level where I need to be to help the Indians this season. They are a class organization and I wish them the best of luck in 2007.''

                  Foulke was one of five relievers signed this winter by general manager Mark Shapiro.

                  "While we are disappointed that Keith will not be pitching for the Indians this year, I have a tremendous amount of respect for him and the way he went about this decision,'' Shapiro said. "Keith clearly demonstrated a great deal of integrity and character in this matter and we wish him success in his future endeavors.''

                  Foulke's departure leaves Joe Borowski as Cleveland's most experienced closer, and the one likely to begin the season pitching the ninth inning. The Indians recorded a major league-low 24 saves last season and Shapiro spent the offseason rebuilding his suspect bullpen.

                  Foulke went 3-1 with a 4.35 ERA but no saves in 44 games in 2006, and he missed two months with elbow tendinitis.

                  A stretch of 11 straight scoreless appearances in September gave the Indians hope he could fix their problems at closer. Foulke, who had 190 career saves, passed a physical with the club in January.

                  The Indians had planned to have Foulke and Borowski go head-to-head for the closer's role this spring. Borowski, who had 36 saves in 43 chances last season for Florida, will likely begin the season as Cleveland's closer.

                  Cleveland has to hope Borowski's health holds up. Before he signed a one-year, $4.25 million deal with the Indians, the 35-year-old had reached a preliminary agreement with Philadelphia, but the Phillies backed off because of concerns over medical tests on his right shoulder.

                  The Indians' closer situation has been a mess since the club traded Bob Wickman to Atlanta before the July 31 deadline last season. Wickman had 15 saves before he was dealt, and in the season's second half, Cleveland used Rafael Betancourt, Fausto Carmona and Tom Mastny to finish games - with mixed results.

                  Shapiro signed Foulke and Borowski as well as relievers Roberto Hernandez, Aaron Fultz and Cliff Politte this winter.

                  In 2004, Foulke helped the Red Sox win their first World Series since 1918.

                  After saving 32 games during the regular season, Foulke went 1-0 with three saves and a 0.64 ERA in 11 postseason appearances. In Boston's sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, Foulke closed all four wins.

                  In the ninth inning of Game 4, Foulke retired Scott Rolen on a fly ball, struck out Jim Edmonds and then gloved Edgar Renteria's comebacker before throwing to first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz for the final out.

                  Foulke, who went 41-34 with 3.30 ERA in 588 career appearances, also pitched for San Francisco, the Chicago White Sox and Oakland. He was an All-Star in 2003 when he led the AL with 43 saves for the Athletics.
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                  • #10
                    I still think he should have been the 04 Series MVP.
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                    • #11
                      Damn shame.

                      I hope the best of luck to him in the future.

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                      • #12
                        I was shocked when I read this. I was looking forward to seeing him in the 9th.
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                        • #13
                          I find it suprising that Foulke is retiring, I thought he still had some more years left in his arm.
                          Here's to baseball... The best sport made.

                          "There are two theories on hitting a knuckleball. Unfortunately, neither of them works." ― Charlie Lau

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                          • #14
                            Who will ever forget the look on his face when the last out was made, and he turned to Tek and said "We won!"

                            He might have been frustrating at times, but he helped us reach the promised land. I wish him luck and good health.
                            --Annie
                            Be civil to all, sociable to many, familiar with few, friend to one, enemy to none. -Benjamin Franklin, statesman, author, and inventor (1706-1790)
                            Remember Yellowdog
                            ABNY

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by KingNothing13
                              I still think he should have been the 04 Series MVP.
                              I think that should have been Trot Nixon, but to each his own.
                              Originally posted by Domenic
                              The Yankees should see if Yogi Berra can still get behind the plate - he has ten World Series rings... he must be worth forty or fifty million a season.

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