Perspective helps. As Bailey was returning from his injury last season, he also became a father for the first time. Bailey rushed from Seattle, where he was with the team, to be with his wife Amanda in Connecticut when she gave birth to a daughter. The family has been together in spring training.
“You want to do the right thing,” Bailey said. “This is a good clubhouse and guys are excited about the season. I just want to pitch well and everything else will be fine.”
Hanrahan will be a free agent after the season, so his tenure with the Red Sox could be brief. Bailey is under team control for two more seasons. Given the unpredictable nature of relief pitching, roles can change quickly.
“I know my opportunities will come along the way,” he said. “We’ll see what happens. Those things play out themselves. Joel is obviously a proven closer.
“Last year was frustrating for me. I was brought in here to do a job and didn’t do it. Now I want to show people I can pitch and be counted on. That’s all that really matters.”
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