July 2, 2006


Perfect 10th (Gordon Edes, June 28, 2006, Boston Globe)

How good does it feel to be in the Sox clubhouse these days? Instead of the usual suspects, like the winning pitcher (rookie Jon Lester), the guys who hit the home runs (Mike Lowell, Alex Gonzalez) or the outfielder who threw out another runner at the plate in a pivotal fifth inning (Ramírez), listen to a guy you may never have heard of: Jason LaRocque, who serves as the team's bullpen catcher.

Moments after Mike Timlin retired Paul Lo Duca on a fly ball to Coco Crisp for the final out, the Sox pitchers hustled LaRocque out to the players' parking lot, where he normally stashes his 1994 Ford Explorer, the one that was already on its last legs even before a recent accident left it with a bashed-in front end. There, they gave him the keys to a brand-new Ford F250 truck. The co-conspirators who hatched this plan: Timlin, Curt Schilling, and Josh Beckett.

``I can't put into words how I feel about the guys," said an overwhelmed LaRocque. ``Sometimes you feel like you're a little lost in the clubhouse, and then they do something like this."

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 2, 2006 2:43 PM
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