time to watch my storiesSo, was Jonathan Papelbon doing his best Muhammad Ali or Smokin' Joe Frazier impression yesterday afternoon as he pummeled Manny Ramírez near the first-base bag after another walkoff win by the Red Sox?
"I was Mike Tyson," proclaimed Papelbon, who with two scoreless innings in a 10-inning, 8-7 Red Sox win over the Baltimore Orioles reclaimed the title of reliable closer that he'd briefly relinquished this past week. "That's the fun part of it. He knew what was coming. Below the belt? Naah. Right in the gut."
From the Globe's Saturday game recap. It's out of date and all, but one of the rules we live by here is always always highlight Mike Tyson references of any kind.
No Pap tonight:
Jonathan Papelbon, after 24 pitches Saturday and 31 yesterday, will not be available tonight. His 31st save tied him with Billy Koch (1999 with Toronto) for the third most ever by a rookie.
Lastly, an update on the Papel-babies and their minor-league hijinks:
On Tuesday, Jonathan's and Jeremy's teams launched the "Papelbon Papel-bet," in which the twin with the lowest ERA at the end of the season will get to name a charity to which his brother's team must make a donation.
In related news, I'm willing to donate money to Josh Beckett's official DMB Bootleg/Hemp Necklace Fund if he finds it within himself to throw a curve ball or three tonight and hey! maybe try NOT giving up a homerun. I know it's a wacky idea, but 9 out of 10 certified dentists say it's a proven technique both to fight gingivitis and to win baseball games.