Wednesday, July 19, 2006

crab is growing up (and out of the bucket)

"These are the moments you cherish in baseball, especially with me and Lester coming up through the ranks together," said Papelbon, one half of the first combined one-hitter by the Red Sox since June 14, 2005, and the first rookie combined shutout since Aug. 24, 1990 (Dana Kiecker, Jeff Gray). "He’s going to be able to develop at the big league level, which is very special."

From the
Boston Herald recap of last night's game, which earned Lester his fifth win and Papelbon his 28th save. Also, you might have heard, they combined for a one-hit shut-out, which sort of makes it sound like they got together, had a love child and named it "AL MVP 2030" because that's obviously the future that would be in store for any Lester-Papelbon spawn.

Speaking of the Herald, the free copy I used to blot myself with while sweltering down in hell Government Center last night contained an article that was both vaguely interesting and kind of informative, which last happened, well, never. Apparently, a pitcher has fielded the last out of a World Series only eight times in the history of Major League Baseball, and three of those pitchers (Foulke, Beckett and Timlin) currently play for the Red Sox. At the end of the article, Timlin was asked about what would happen if they ended up in that situation again with their current closer on the mound and said: “If the young kid’s out there, we’ve got a pretty good chance of No. 4. That would be great.”

This, along with the above-mentioned effort, only added unnecessary fuel to the fire of the combined imagination of myself and the PM, which is mostly a trailer trash urban fantasy where Jon Papelbon and Jon Lester have two daddies, Timlin and Varitek, who are mostly just bad-asses and wear wife-beaters. And Pap spends a lot of time carrying Lester around in a bucket because he's so small, and crazy Uncle Curt (who is, you know, obsessed with Civil War re-enactment and reading about Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories on the internet) comes over sometimes to play catch and Uncle Dougie's always in the kitchen making chicken parm and sometimes Varitek spots Randy Johnson and his child molesting mustache across the street, wearing running shorts and knee-high white athletic socks, and he says, "Mike, that Randy Johnson is back again, get the hose!"

But I digress.


At 5:34 PM, Blogger Kristen said...

The thing is, you are clearly renting a nice apartment in Imaginary Baseball World and I cannot believe we don't know each other yet.

At 9:21 PM, Blogger always thinking about papelbon said...

considering that you and i both live in the suburb to the stars, i'm surprised we don't know each other yet either! next time you're on the C line, just look for the girl muttering "i wish you wouldn't do that while you're utilizing massachusetts tax dollars" in the direction of passengers wearing yankees hats.


At 11:07 AM, Blogger always thinking about papelbon said...

Sometimes, Uncle Curt gets sick of the constant rotation of Dave Matthews's greatest bootlegs coming from the trailer next door and he goes over there and shakes that young whippersnapper of a neighbor (Curt thinks his name is John or Joe or something with a J) by his hemp necklace.

This is what I think about when I'm on the T in the morning, yo.

At 12:04 PM, Anonymous julialowell said...

You are brilliant.

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At 9:55 AM, Blogger always thinking about papelbon said...

Look at what one mention in Kristen's blog gets us -- comments about how we're brilliant! Clearly we should suck up to her more.

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