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    Not to be presumptuous, Annie and Flash, but I'd love it if we could sticky this thread for the season. I've noticed that a lot of forums on BBF do this, and it seems to be a great way to keep an ongoing discussion about in-game observations, rather than clutter up the forum with lots of odds and ends about gameplay. I think that posters are more likely to contribute to this, rather than start an individual thread for every trivial observation. This thread should not include posts about contracts, trades, management, player profiles, predictions for the season, theories, Barry Bonds ( ), Fenway Franks, tickets, Red Sox history, etc.. It should only deal with notes about gameplay from current games.

    Annie, I know we had talked about this, so again, I hope I'm not being too pushy. I'm sure I'm not the only one who watches nearly every game, so I'm looking forward to sharing thoughts about those many games to come with my fellow BBF'rs!

    SoxSon
    "Anything less would not have been worthy of me. Anything more would not have been possible." - Carl Yastrzemski

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    Originally posted by SoxSon
    Not to be presumptuous, Annie and Flash, but I'd love it if we could sticky this thread for the season. I've noticed that a lot of forums on BBF do this, and it seems to be a great way to keep an ongoing discussion about in-game observations, rather than clutter up the forum with lots of odds and ends about gameplay. I think that posters are more likely to contribute to this, rather than start an individual thread for every trivial observation. This thread should not include posts about contracts, trades, management, player profiles, predictions for the season, theories, Barry Bonds ( ), Fenway Franks, tickets, Red Sox history, etc.. It should only deal with notes about gameplay from current games.

    Annie, I know we had talked about this, so again, I hope I'm not being too pushy. I'm sure I'm not the only one who watches nearly every game, so I'm looking forward to sharing thoughts about those many games to come with my fellow BBF'rs!

    SoxSon
    No problem, my friend. In fact, I was going to ask you about this kind of thing.

    Consider it stuck, and let's have fun! :gt Go Sox!!
    --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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    • #3
      strike out...ball game. Is Paplebon the new closer???? stay tuned

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      • #4
        I think Papelbon as a closer would be too bad, because he can throw much more good innings in one game...
        I know you're watching, Si. Bu.

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        • #5
          While it's only the 3rd game of the season, obviously, every game is important. The division and or wild card could easily come down to a single game.

          I think the decision to use Papelbon in the 9th speaks volumes about Franconas', if not the organizations' confidence, or lack thereof in Keith Foulke.

          While I agree with the move, I was a little surprised by it. I thought they would wait a little longer to make a change. I guess maybe they've seen enough to know that Foulke,(while seemingly healthy), can't be trusted with the game on the line anymore.

          Papelbon seems very capable of closing until Hansen is ready to take over, and allow Papelbon to slide into the rotation where he ultimately belongs.

          I wouldn't be shocked if they start shopping Foulke, if the already haven't.
          Ken :gt

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          • #6
            I think they want to give Foulke some more innings in non pressure situations to gauge whats going on with him, especially after his first shaky outing. If he shows he can handle it, he'll be closer, for now the Sox are just unsure.
            "As I grew up, I knew that as a building (Fenway Park) was on the level of Mount Olympus, the Pyramid at Giza, the nation's capitol, the czar's Winter Palace, and the Louvre — except, of course, that is better than all those inconsequential places." - Bart Giamatti

            You go through The Sporting News of the last 100 years and you will find two things are always true. You never have enough pitchers, and nobody ever made money.
            -Don Fehr

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            • #7
              I'm definitely happy Francona didn't use Foulke in a 1-run game, but I hope Papelbon as the closer doesn't become a regular occurance. He definitely deserves to be a starter, so my guess is that by the All-Star break one of the Sox starters will be on the DL, Papelbon will be starting, Hansen will be closing, and Foulke will be flipping burgers at the Burger King across the street from Boston Common.
              "Too many pitchers, that's all, there are just too many pitchers Ten or twelve on a team. Don't see how any of them get enough work. Four starting pitchers and one relief man ought to be enough. Pitch 'em every three days and you'd find they'd get control and good, strong arms."

              -Cy Young

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              • #8
                Nah. I think a rookie just stole Foulke's job. They obviously don't trust Foulke, and Papelbon is too good a pitcher not to capitolize. Even if foulke started pitching well again I think it will be too late. Papelbon Has looked fantastic, and thats what you need your closer to do. Timlin however almost gave me a damn heart attack. That was a great game though. I think Papelbon will be our closer at least until we need him in the rotation (if that happens).
                Last edited by Jager; 04-05-2006, 10:26 PM.

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                • #9
                  Beckett pitched really well. Giving up only one run through 7 innings. And Nixion hit the decider, a 2 run homer in the 7th. But what I thought was real impressive was Paplebon striking out 2 and getting the save. Except that shows that theres not alot of cofindence in Foulke now. It was a good game.
                  go sox.

                  Pigskin-Fever

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Sean Casey
                    I'm definitely happy Francona didn't use Foulke in a 1-run game, but I hope Papelbon as the closer doesn't become a regular occurance. He definitely deserves to be a starter, so my guess is that by the All-Star break one of the Sox starters will be on the DL, Papelbon will be starting, Hansen will be closing, and Foulke will be flipping burgers at the Burger King across the street from Boston Common.
                    Heh heh. Actually, I still greatly appreciate how Foulke helped us get to the promised land, but his time may be up.
                    BOSTON RED SOX WORLD CHAMPIONS 19031912191519161918 20042007

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                    • #11
                      Yep I'm all for letting foulke close cames, but he should have to prove in real games that he's fully healthy and can pitch well.

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                      • #12
                        Papelbon was very impressive closing the door on the game. Except I really want to see how he would do in the starting rotation. Jonathon has alot of promise and very good stuff. But this also shows that Foulke is on a very tight leash. And although im glad we didnt use Foulke in the 9th I wonder what that did to his physce. He has lost alot of cofindence from last year and he didnt have a good game in the season opener. And I dont think that showing he couldnt be trusted yesterday helped him any. Hopefully he gets back to how he physically and mentally was in 2004.
                        go sox.

                        Pigskin-Fever

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                        • #13
                          I want Pap in the rotation too, but we have 5 very good starters already, so the next best place for him is closing the games. About Foulke's confidence I don't care about that. It wouldn't help him any to put him in there and have him blow the game either. Let him prove during blowouts that he can pitch an inning without giving up a bunch of hits and runs. His knees are still bothering him, and he's not pitching well. We can't afford to give away games trying to put Foulke back in there.

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                          • #14
                            I am sooooo happy that Francona went with Pap rather than Foulke.
                            I can't be the only one who was nervous when the move was coming. Hate to say it, but I was sure Francona was going to do the same thing I felt he did repeatedly last year, and I felt that Foulke didn't have a chance of holding that save. Let's give him more time before he's put into a pressure cooker like that!
                            "Anything less would not have been worthy of me. Anything more would not have been possible." - Carl Yastrzemski

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                            • #15
                              Thats exactly what I was thinking. When Trot hit the homer I was very happy, but then my next thought was Foulke is going to blow it. Then when I saw that Timlin was coming in the 8th, I just knew Foulke was next. I'm glad Francona went with Pap. We need to make sure Foulke still has it before we put him in the closers role.

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