Monday, February 20, 2006

Foulke Rocked

Nearly 1,700 words on Keith Foulke today. Let's break it down:

*111 on his appearance at a Bruins game last year;
*180 on his feelings toward blue collar work;
*115 on who deserves the ball from the last out of the 2004 World Series;
*107 on Foulke's magical 2004 season.
*64 on other AL closers (a graf that shows up in jarring fashion).

The rest of the piece is comprised of quotes from Foulke's media interview yesterday (the same that NESN and everyone else in town is airing), plus a few comments from Terry Francona.

Maybe it's the Ft. Myers sun. Steven Kranser turned in an almost identical piece for the Providence Journal today.

For sure, Sox fans want to know the health of their $7 million man. But they don't need to relive ancient history to get it. For a better take on the Sox's designated out man, check out Jeff Horrigan's piece today. It has all the same "new" info and then some, all in a tidy 687 words.


Anonymous said...

...boy, somedays you really have to stretch it don't you?

Today was a typical filing from a spring training, nothing profound nor insightful.

Sometimes you should just post here that Dan's column for the day was OK and leave it at that.

jenny said...

Maybe it's just because I'm pretty tired, but that column didn't make a lot of sense to me. I wasn't sure what the point was. That being said, I thought it was actually one of his better efforts. Every word he wastes on quotes is a word he doesn't spend insulting people. I think the original point of the column was to insult Foulke, but he didn't do it very well and it wound up rambling; Keith kind of managed to inadvertently insult himself. It was a unique experience, reading a CHB column and actually puzzling over the content of the column rather than the way it was written. Why the hell does Foulke play baseball if he doesn't like it? He doesn't make any sense to me, and I don't think he makes any sense to Dan, either, which is why that column was remarkably lame.

The Chief said...

Curt Gowdy died today. Tomorrow's CHB column: Gowdy was the Larry Bird of broadcasting.

Anonymous said...

This is late, but for the record, Jim Bouton said that watching baseball bored him and he often fell asleep in the bullpen. A lot of these guys don't like WATCHING baseball. Foulke has said he likes to pitch, but he's not a big fan of watching the game. I don't see what the problem is with that.