Jonathan Papelbon had been the face of the Red Sox bullpen for what was getting close to a decade. But this offseason, as Papelbon took off for greener pastures in Philadelphia, a new face emerged as Boston's late-inning savior.
Andrew Bailey came over in a deal from the Oakland Athletics on Dec. 29 and the Sox new closer never looked back. Bailey is upbeat about his first season with the new team and seems ready to take on the challenge of closing out games in front of a feisty Boston crowd.
Bailey spoke at length about his recovery from Tommy John Surgery in 2005 and the long road it was to becoming an All-Star pitcher in the MLB.
The talented reliever sat down with NESN's Peter Gammons to talk about the recovery, his journey in the major leagues and even his childhood idol, Curt Schilling.
Check out the video above to see the entire conversation and hear more about Bailey's young but impressive career.