that guy's my new hero*[sigh] Perfect no more.
From the Sox official site:
In other words, there can be a fine line between being invincible and proving to be fallible. Papelbon is eager to jump back on the other side.
And "No doubt about it, I want the ball [on Thursday]," Papelbon said. "There ain't no doubt about it."
From the Daily News:
Last night, the Toronto Blue Jays managed to do what no team through 21 1/3 innings and since Sept. 19 could do: score on Jonathan Papelbon. And it mattered.
"I let my team down, but tomorrow I'll be ready to go," said Papelbon, AL rookie of the month in April with 10 saves in 10 chances and a 0.00 ERA. "There's a long way to go, and I have a lot of innings to pitch."
From The Boston Globe, talking more about Toronto's perfect closer:
"He's had a pretty good year," a smiling Ryan said yesterday of Papelbon, a fellow Louisiana native. "He's got great stuff but he gets up there and throws strikes. That's the big thing when you pitch late in the game. You go out there, throw a lot of strikes, and let guys make plays for you."
The AP's game recap.
Two articles written before last night about the inevitableness of Papelbon's stumble:
Asked about the possibility that Papelbon would blow a save at some point, the manager said, "(The Yankees’ Mariano) Rivera blows some every once in awhile but I’ll bet they’re excited every time they give him the ball."
From The Patriot Ledger here.
Someday Boston's boy wonder will blow a save. Then what?
"I'll handle it just like I handle everything else, man," Papelbon said. "I've blown games before. I've blown games in college. I blew a regional game in college to go to the (College) World Series. ... I came back from that. It's not the end of the world. The sun's gonna rise tomorrow."
From The Albany Times Union here. This one's rather a good article, actually.
And look at that, not only did the sun rise this morning, but for the first time in days you could actually see it. Clearly a sign.
(*subject line from my brother in re: Papelbon)