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Foulke says he was misunderstood

Red Sox closer apologizes for 'Johnny from Burger King' comment, blasts the media

Red Sox closer Keith Foulke apologized today to those who were offended by his "Johnny from Burger King" comment and said it was taken out of context by the media.

"(The media is) going to go out there and they're going to write about it and make it into a big deal," Foulke told WEEI's Mike Reiss and Michael Holley during his weekly appearance on the sports radio station's midday show. "But they can't do my job and I probably couldn't do their job so I accept; boo me, and move on."

After giving up five earned runs in 1 2/3 innings in Tuesday night's loss, Foulke was booed by the Fenway Park crowd. After the game, he talked to reporters about the response.

''Boos?" Foulke said, according to Chris Snow's story in the Globe on Wednesday. ''Of course I heard it. And I'm not inviting them [the fans] to my World Series celebration either. They have all the right. They can boo, they can cuss me and tell me I [stink]. Go ahead. If they don't want me to do the job, tell them to tell management. I've done a lot of good for this team but, you know, let them boo."

''Are they going to keep me from coming to the ballpark tomorrow? No. They're not going to make it any harder for me to go home and look in the mirror. I'm more embarrassed to walk into this locker room and look at the faces of my teammates than to walk out and see Johnny from Burger King booing me. I'm worried about these guys, not everybody else."

Foulke said today that he was joking and felt his comments were twisted.

"It was part of a joke and once again the media goes out there," Foulke said. "They don't print the first part of the joke where it puts people in the funny mood. ... You gotta take the whole thing and evaluate the whole sentence. Not just part of it."

Some fans and media pundits have criticized Foulke in recent days for choosing "Johnny from Burger King" to describe Red Sox fans. Some felt he was being insensitive to those who worked hard to come to the ballpark to see him pitch.

Foulke said he didn't mean anything negative; it was just the first thing that came to his mind.

"You know what? Maybe I should apologize to Burger King but that was the first thing that popped into my head, I don't know why," Foulke said. "But the first part of the whole comment was, where it started the joke is the fact that I'm not inviting them to my World Series party."

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