New Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey made it perfectly clear on WEEI this morning that he is ready for the challenge of pitching in the big market in Boston.
"My dream is to play in a big city, a big market, and close out ballgames," said Bailey. "And that's clearly going to happen. I'm excited about that . . . I'm excited about that because instead of the Red Sox fans cheering against me when I'm out there, they're going to be cheering for me."
The former rookie of the year also expressed his excitement of pitching of Yawkey way. He doesn't seem all that concerned about having the Green Monster in left field.
"I'm looking forward to it. I know you've got the wall out there, but I'm a guy that lives on the outside part of the plate, for the most part. Especially with lefties, cutters in, you're really not going to do too much out to left with that." added Bailey. "Righties, everything's going away from them. So, it's going to be hard to hook it. I like to live on that side of the plate. We'll see how it goes. I'm an aggressive type of guy, don't like to walk guys, don't like to give them the freebies."
The 27-year-old is also ready for the task of replacing Jonathan Papelbon. Bailey spoke very highly of the former Red Sox closer, even saying he is hopes his Red Sox career can stack up to the time that Papelbon spent in Boston.
"Jonathan Papelbon's definitely one of the best in the game, And I know a lot of Boston Red Sox fans are going to miss him." said the new Sox closer, "He's been a staple there for a number of years now. The only thing I can say is I hope when my time's up as a Red Sox, when I retire or whatever happens, I hope the guy following me gets those same questions: What are you going to do to follow up Andrew Bailey? Hopefully I'll have the same type of resume as Papelbon."