May 13, 2008 |
MILWAUKEE -- Eric Gagne isn't one for second-guessing himself. "I don't really look back," he said, explaining that it comes with the territory when you're a closer. "No doubt, no negative thinking," he said. "Just be confident."
May 12, 2008 |
MILWAUKEE -- The ninth inning for the Milwaukee Brewers' new closer by committee was as adventurous as some of Eric Gagne's recent outings. There was one difference, though: the Brewers held on for the win. With Gagne yanked from the closer's role Sunday after faltering in back-to-back outings, relievers Salomon Torres and Brian Shouse helped make Jeff Suppan's seven solid innings stand up by holding on for a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals.
March 2, 2008 |
PHILADELPHIA -- Simon Gagne sounded like the Flyers stars knocked into a daze before him. He complained of dizzy spells, standing up and losing his sense of balance, and waking up every morning and simply not feeling like himself -- a superbly conditioned NHL player. Gagne believed after some rest he was well enough to play, only to absorb another blow to the head that made his concussion worse, perhaps even gave him a second trauma. With Philadelphia in the thick of the playoff chase a year after it had the worst record in the NHL, Gagne wanted nothing more than to contribute and not let his teammates down.
February 19, 2008 |
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Another day, another act of contrition from baseball players mentioned in the Mitchell Report. Monday, pitcher Andy Pettitte apologized to the New York Yankees, Houston Astros and his fans for the "embarrassment" he caused by taking human growth hormone, and reliever Eric Gagne apologized to his family, friends and new Milwaukee teammates but stopped short of admitting to the use of performance-enhancing substances.
October 8, 2007 |
Statistically this might not have been Eric Gagne's best season, what with the two losses, three blown saves and 6.75 earned-run average in less than 19 innings with the Red Sox. But all that was forgotten when Gagne's teammates mobbed him on the mound after he retired pinch-hitter Robb Quinlan to close out Boston's division series sweep of the Angels on Sunday.
August 19, 2007 |
BOSTON -- A day later, he stood alone in front of his locker, eyes wide, head shaking. A day later, Eric Gagne was still amazed by what happened Friday night at Fenway Park. Not his blown game against the Angels. But his walk home afterward. "Pretty incredible," he said, sighing. After the loss, he quickly dressed in jeans and a T-shirt and a pulled-low cap. He slipped out to the quaint surrounding streets with old fans and new neighbors for the short stroll to his apartment.
August 18, 2007 |
BOSTON -- The clubhouse was devoid of euphoria, strangely so. The Angels had staged a dramatic comeback, the kind usually followed by shouting, loud music and the almost inevitable use of the words "pivotal" and "character." None of that. The Angels were a tired bunch, some of them downright grumpy.
August 7, 2007 |
Eric Gagne was at Angel Stadium Monday, admitting that as the trade deadline neared, he allowed himself to wonder what it would be like to call the stadium 30 miles north home again. He had read the rumors and knew the Dodgers needed pitching. "It would've been great," Gagne said. "I had a great time over there, 12 great years. It was a lot of fun, but now it's behind us."
August 1, 2007
From the Associated Press With Eric Gagne finally pitching like his old self after two elbow operations and back surgery, the Boston Red Sox acquired the reliever on Tuesday from the Texas Rangers, who also unloaded first baseman Mark Teixeira to Atlanta in a seven-player swap. Boston sent left-hander Kason Gabbard and minor league outfielders David Murphy and Engel Beltre to the Rangers, who were the busiest team in the majors before Tuesday's nonwaiver trade deadline.