the honors come pouring inDetails on the Rookie of the Month for April from the AP here.
Papelbon's take on it, from The Daily Item of Lynn:
"It's good to get accolades like that," he said."AL rookie of the month, pretty cool. I'm excited and proud to get that honor and I just want to keep them coming."
And on his perfect record, from The Boston Globe:
"I understand, I'm going to fail," said the 25-year-old, who is considered a rookie because he was on the 25-man roster for fewer than 40 days last season. "I can't go through the season perfect. I understand it's going to happen. The deal is once it does happen to make the adjustment and keep chugging along and go on another long run of saves."
As posted the other day, the grizzled face of Joe Torre is impressed with Papelbon:
"The kid isn't afraid to come at you," said Torre. "He's got some artillery with him, too -- fastball and split. He throws strikes. Aside from his natural ability, the best thing he has going for him is the fact that he puts you on your heels a little by throwing a lot of strikes."
From mlb.com's Notes column, most of which is about Alex Gonzalez.
And! MetroWest Daily News brings us the feel-good, family story we've all been waiting for:
For the 25-year-old Papelbon, it’s easy. In his mind’s eye, he just dials up the face of his younger brother Jeremy.
Siblings, near-death experiences, and recalled pharmaceuticals-- this story has it all.
Finally, because I do exactly what Tek tells me at ALL times, I will not be comparing Papelbon to Rivera:
"Don't do it," said Boston catcher Jason Varitek. "You can't even mention Pap with Rivera. Total different pitchers. Totally different pitchers. Mariano throws a cutter with an occasional sinker. Paps a four-seam, two-seam, slider guy. Totally, totally different pitchers. No comparison."
From The Salem News, here, but that's about all you can read for free. So.