Didn't see anything in the Media forum, but Keith Foulke was interviewed yesterday during the noon hour on TSH. He was at LaLacheur Park for "Champions Day" along with Dennis Seidenberg.
Was asked about Youkilis situation and what it was like dealing with media in Boston in good times and bad.
Essentially said that his personal philosophy when he was on the record was to always be honest, and that this approach worked well for him sometimes, and not so well on other occasions, which he readily admitted (Johnny from Burger King comes to mind). But he stuck to his guns and tried to be as straight up as possible. He said that if Youk says he wasn't talked to about his role and BV said someone DID speak with him, then somebody is lying, which isn't good.
He also said that the players had a good sense for which media members could be trusted and which couldn't. He good-naturedly cited situations where the players would mischievously plot certain "conversations" that were blatantly fabricated and then enact the discussion "off the record" with each other across the locker room, knowing that certain media members that were present wouldn't respect the sanctity of the locker room and would publish elements of the conversation without asking permission. When later queried about these little concoctions, the players easily shot them down amidst giggles and snickers.
Foulke also said something pretty interesting, if not profound. He was asked what made the 2004 group so different, and he talked about the singular focus on a common goal: winning. He said that even though the experience range was broad on that team (i.e. rookies on one end, grizzled veterans on the other), most players playing in Boston knew they were going to make good $$, so contracts weren't a distraction. Neither was the concern about playing time. Said the focus was on one thing: winning THAT DAY. He said that's why when they were down 0-3 to the Yankees that when Millar said, "Just win tonight" they weren't panicked and still thought they could do it. Total faith in the single cause. Said if they won, they kept playing; if they lost, they all knew the season was over. They wanted to keep playing.
He was very clear in saying that he didn't have any sense for what the current clubhouse was like, but mentioned that if the players in particular weren't all on the same page and weren't all aligned around a common goal, that this will make things harder to be successful. As he was saying this I had the following situations in my mind: '11 collapse hangover, snitches, Bard The Starter, Youk, Papi contract, bullpen evolution, Valentine style/communication, Ben training wheels. Doesn't seem to point to any firm common goal right now. I'm sure the players would like to circle the wagons, and let's hope they do, because all the other stuff is just taking away from what will lead to on-field success.
It was a great interview... Foulke had a lot of other interesting things to say (including how 'tough' it is for him emotionally being retired), and it was great to hear one of the underappreciated heros of 2004 speak on the record again.
Edited by Dick Pole Upside, 25 June 2012 - 07:42 AM.