papelblog laughs at your contemptCould you imagine Papelbon not in this bullpen? The possibilities are so frightening that I refuse to further discuss such a scenario.
That scary vision of reality brought to you by a grim look at the Sox bullpen from Eric Wilbur of NESN. He's not wrong, unfortunately.
Wretched Dan Shaughnessy previews the NY series, including this from Papelbon:
Rookie Papelbon got to pitch one inning in Yankee Stadium at the end of last season and said, ''We're going to have to keep our emotions in check. I know it's going to be a hostile environment, but I like pitching in a hostile environment. Last year we had batteries thrown at us. I'll be ready."
And special for my favorite contemptuous Yankees fan, not one but TWO articles telling us why it's great to have Papelbon on your fantasy team:
From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch
(Any fantasy GM who is fortunate enough to have Papelbon on their roster has a pretty good chance of winning, as well.)
And from the The San Francisco Chronicle
(The only thing bad about rookie Jon Papelbon was the Mohawk haircut he got after winning (that's right, winning) a bet with teammate Kevin Youkilis.)