who's your dealer?Yes, yes, last's night game was miserable-- we left the bar in the 5th and I couldn't bear to look at the score again, actually. But, apparently what I missed, according to the New York Post was our man Papelbon shutting down Sheffield. Let's take a look:
The swing is savage. Brute force. Unbridled rage.
But last night it meant nothing. Now matter how hard Gary Sheffield swung, he couldn't catch up with John Papelbon's heat. This made for remarkable theater in Fenway Park - Sheffield, one of the great sluggers of all time squaring off against Papelbon, one of the game's young guns in the ninth.
"He's one of the more aggressive guys in the league," Papelbon said. "He can be aggressive because he can get to almost any pitch."
In his first game back after coming off the disabled list, Sheffield held nothing back. Neither did Papelbon, who took over the closer's role this season and has no plans to give it up. For all of Sheffield's menacing wave of the bat and spine-screwing swing, Papelbon looked in and dealt heat.
"Personally I like his approach," said Papelbon. "You can't be vulnerable and you can't get too excited. It's one strikeout."
One that will be remembered.
Well, the man's definitely agressive. And by "agressive," I mean "probably suffering from years of 'roid rage," but that's only because I hate him and not because of any proof. So, you know.
Anyway, Shef reportedly called the whole thing "exciting," even though The harder Papelbon threw, the more over-heated Sheffield's swing became.
Read a bit more about it here.