Apparently frustrated by the inability of Josh Bard or Jason Varitek to catch Tim Wakefield's knuckleballs, the Red Sox have reacquired Doug Mirabelli from San Diego in exchange for Bard, minor league pitcher Clay Meredith, and cash, which has to be paid all in Susan B. Anthony dollars. This, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com.
Except the part about the Susan B. Anthony dollars.
Jack Curry of the New York Times had written a very long piece about catching Wakefield's knuckler.
It included quotes from Bard.
Bard said he doubted there would ever be a time when he and Wakefield "kick it into automatic pilot." Sliders, changeups and curveballs are pitches Bard has mastered. But the knuckleball tricks catchers, Bard said. It torments them, too. It made Flaherty retire, which is not an option for Bard.
"The biggest thing is, I believe in myself," Bard said. "I'm not going to hide in the corner. I know my talent is going to come out and I'm going to get through this."