good times never felt so goodTimlin, who had relieved Keith Foulke in the eighth, faced runners at the corners with two outs, but Francona went with closer Jonathan Papelbon, who rambled in to a standing ovation
Boston Globe recap.
So, I went to the game last night and it's AMAZING how people love them some Papelbon. That standing ovation was loooooong. The mood changed when he came out, people were paying more attention, and it wasn't a close game and it didn't feel that tense, even with the runners on. Even as it took him awhile to get that first out in the 9th, everyone was behind him. He's earned the faith of Sox fans and that's impressive.
Also? I saw the MOST WONDERFUL curly, gray mullet on a guy in a Schill jersey in the next section over. There was a fight in our section, some idiot ran onto the field and gotten taken down, and hey, we won. All in all, a fantastic night at the ballpark.