13. The rise of Koji Uehara, the accidental closer
I knew there was something special about Koji when he showed off his big personality right out of the gate during an interview in spring training. He was supposed to be one of the late inning guys, just one of many new faces to join the revamped Red Sox in 2013. You know the story. Boston started the season with two closers, but when both Andrew Bailey and Joel Hanrahan went down, the team turn its lonely eyes to …. Junichi Tazawa. When he faltered, they turned to Koji to fill the closer role and the team never looked back. The numbers were staggering and he was solid right through the clinching game of the 2013 World Series. The only question remaining is whether the 38-year-old Uehara can keep the magic going for another season in Boston.
Koji Uehara ate 5lbs and 8.1849oz of food during a hotel eating contest = eating more than 23 Quarterpounders— Steve Silva (@stevesilva) March 5, 2013