When the 2004 World Series team reunited Tuesday at Fenway Park, Keith Foulke threw the ceremonial first pitch to Jason Varitek, who playfully re-enacted the moment he leaped into Foulkeās arms after the Boston Red Sox closer had fielded a comebacker and flipped it to first for the final out of that magical October.
Thatās a moment, Foulke said this week, he couldnāt bear to watch for months afterward.
āIt took me a couple of years to appreciate what happened,ā he said. āI couldnāt watch the video because it was painful for me. My wife left me in September that year. Iām going home to an empty house. That was one of the reasons I liked pitching so much. My personal life was going to hell. I needed my professional life.
āBrutal. I made some bad decisions. I chose to try and go the family route; thatās what killed me. Now I donāt have a career or a family.ā
A.B. For some people itās hard to see the top from the bottom. Keith Foulke should have been on top of the world. He