pick up some tips from the pool-killerToday in Papelbon, we've got:
+ A franchise record.
Papelbon held the Florida Marlins scoreless for the final 1innings to establish a club rookie record for saves with 25. The old mark of 24 was established by Dick Radatz in 1962.
"It's neat to be part of Boston Red Sox history, but it's not really what I thought I would do this year," said Papelbon, who was converted to closer early in the season. "It just kind of happened."
+ And an All-Star appearance.
Terry Francona, given the duty of alerting his bevy of All-Stars that they had made the American League team, called Papelbon into his office, a place that seemed far less comforting back in 2000, when Francona was fired as manager of the Phillies during an end-of-the-season series against the Marlins. He recalled the experience to Papelbon, in the process breaking down, his tears mixing with a genuine joy at delivering the news that he had been named to the All-Star team, getting the most votes of any reliever in the balloting from AL managers, coaches, and players.