fox sports now brought to you by satanNot so much Papelbon news these days, so it's really great that Joe Buck could weigh in with a few thoughts:
You can bring (Manny) Delcarmen in, who throws 95," Buck said, "or you can bring (Craig) Hansen in, who throws 96, or you can bring (Jonathan) Papelbon in, who has better stuff than any of them. They're going to have to rely on some kids in their bullpen, but I would say they're more well-rounded and better at the back end of the bullpen than they were in 2004 when they won it all. (Keith) Foulke had a great postseason that year, but was not Papelbon. Papelbon is a legitimate, shut-down, as-good-as-there-is closer right now."
I'm torn, because I like when people say good things about the boy, but I hate Joe Buck and still occasionally have PTSD flashbacks to him calling the 2004 Series. It's like when a demon sends you a nice bouquet of flowers or something.