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 Foulkeâ€™s arms after the Boston Red Sox closer had fielded a comebacker and flipped it to first for the final out of that magical October.
Thatâ€™s a moment, Foulke said this week, he couldnâ€™t bear to watch for months afterward.
â€śIt took me a couple of years to appreciate what happened,â€ť he said. â€śI couldnâ€™t watch the video because it was painful for me. My wife left me in September that year. Iâ€™m 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.
â€śBrutal. I made some bad decisions. I chose to try and go the family route; thatâ€™s what killed me. Now I donâ€™t have a career or a family.â€ť
A.B. For some people itâ€™s hard to see the top from the bottom. Keith Foulke should have been on top of the world. He