Joel Hanrahan on Tuesday walked through the front door of his new home — Fenway Park. Now, it’s time for the new Red Sox closer to make himself comfortable.
Having spent his entire career in the National League, first with the Nationals and then with the Pirates, Hanrahan has never pitched in Fenway. That’ll change this season, when he’ll not only take the mound in the shadows of the Green Monster, but he’ll also be pitching in the pressure-packed moments of the ninth inning.
It’s a challenge Hanrahan, a two-time All-Star, is looking forward to.
“I really get into it when the crowd gets going. The hardest part for me is going to be to tune that out some,” Hanrahan told reporters on Tuesday. “Last year, we had a lot of games in the middle of the summer where it was a sold out crowd and it felt like it did in 2011 when we played the Red Sox there in Pittsburgh. Those are the moments that you live for — the situation that you dream of. To be able to experience that 81 games next year i...