Craig Kimbrel’s first appearance with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park didn’t go as planned, but everyone has rough outings from time to time. It’s all about how you bounce back, and Kimbrel might get a chance to do just that as early as Tuesday night against the Baltimore Orioles.
“It’s interesting because with Dennis (Eckersley) sitting over there, I remember having many conversations with Tony La Russa about the closers in the game,” president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said on “Red Sox First Pitch.” “And one thing he said was when you have closers, and you have quality ones — and he used a guy like Dennis for example, who rarely blew a game, but even he blew one — is that the clubhouse feeling is so different and the individual’s so different because everybody knows the next day they’re fine.
“… But when you have that dominant type closer, it happens on occasions. It’s a shame that it does, but he’ll bounce back and do the job for us the next time he’s on the mound.”
Hear more from Dombrowski with NESN’s Tom Caron in the video above.
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