I’m not one of those guys who continuously bashes the print media, except in certain cases where they clearly deserve to be called out. However, let’s face it; the writers benefit from controversy. When things are going badly and there is dissension within the ranks, the columns write themselves. There is no need for journalistic creativity when you see a player headbutt an umpire and throw profanity-laced tirade in the clubhouse.
Anyway, the media knows that there is some potential for drama in the Boston bullpen this year, given the fact that you have three guys who cold potentially close for most teams in the league, and the guy who currently wears the crown is a) known for being very blunt and outspoken in front of the microphone, and b) coming off of his worst season yet. Naturally, they decided to ask Bobby Jenks a couple of loaded questions, hoping that he would say the wrong thing and start an avalanche of awkwardness before spring training even begins.
Must to the chagrin of the folks holding the microphones and asking the questions, Jenks masterfully returned the volley:
On his role: “It’s going to be different, obviously. It’s going to be an adjustment that I have to make on the field. … It’s going to be an adjustment day-to-day and something I’ll have to learn from quickly once the season starts and get myself adapted to that type of mindset this spring.”
On working with Jonathan Papelbon: “We’re fine. I didn’t come here to step on anybody’s toes. I know what my role is. Coming here, we’ve been friends, shoot, for many years now. I don’t think that’s going to be any problem throughout the year at all.”
On what will happen if fans want him to close: “If those questions do come up, it’s going to come down to the decision of the manager and whatever they think is best for the team. If that means whatever it means, they’re doing it for their own reasons.”
Bobby Jenks just got himself an A+ in Handling the Boston Media 101.