Originally posted on The Awesome Boston  |  Last updated 9/28/12

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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 Foulke’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.

That’s a moment, Foulke said this week, he couldn’t bear to watch for months afterward.

“It took me a couple of years to appreciate what happened,” he said. “I couldn’t watch the video because it was painful for me. My wife left me in September that year. I’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.

“Brutal. I made some bad decisions. I chose to try and go the family route; that’s what killed me. Now I don’t have a career or a family.”

A.B. For some people it’s hard to see the top from the bottom. Keith Foulke should have been on top of the world. He was a hero (and always will be) to Boston Red Sox fans around the world. He had just successfully closed out a game in the World Series that snapped an 86 year old curse.

But until now, Red Sox fans like myself had no idea that this time would come to represent rock bottom for Foulke in later years. You hear it all the time in professional sports – guys are always saying that family comes first. So it comes as no shocker (at least after reading the entire story) that while Foulke was on top of the baseball universe – losing his wife & family was all he could think about. No championship ring could replace them.

So while songs and smells take us back to our childhood and seeing old friends reminds us of past memories – unfortunately for Foulke, the video of the greatest 10 seconds in New England sports history, will always take him back to the lowest point in his life.

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