Legendary Red Sox Closer Takes In Black Wolves Game

Former Boston Red Sox closer Keith Foulke will always have a place in New England sports history as the man who made the final out in the 2004 World Series.

His underhand flip to Doug Mientkiewicz clinched a 3-0 win and a 4-0 sweep of the St Louis Cardinals, ending Boston’s 86-year World Series championship drought.

On Friday night, Foulke was on hand to watch the New England Black Wolves take on the Buffalo Bandits at Mohegan Sun Arena. He expressed admiration for the athletes and the sport.

“It’s physical, it’s fast, it’s a high skill sport, so what’s not to like?” Foulke said with a smile during the game. “That’s the one thing about lacrosse. It’s a high skill sport. It’s something, you have to have agility, you have to have quickness, you have to have endurance. Those are the big things that make up a true athlete, so I have a lot of respect for these guys who can go out there and run around for an hour.”

Foulke became a fan of the game while he was living in Arizona, where he regularly attended NLL games as a fan of the former Arizona Sting. Now working as a minor league coach in the Red Sox farm system, Foulke took in his first Black Wolves’ game Friday night.

He brought former Red Sox teammate Lenny Dinardo with him.

“This is my first time ever watching a lacrosse game,” said Dinardo, who also won a ring with the 2004 Red Sox. “I’m having a blast here tonight and I like the fact that there’s music playing the whole time, it keeps everybody really into the game and excited. It’s very fast-paced, I’m having a real good time.”​