|4/26||5||0||2.48||8.0||8||2||0||0||3||Go ahead believe that you are the chosen one|
Eight innings deep? Hangin' tough until the run support showed up? Racking up five wins in his first five starts, making him MLB's first five-game winner and putting him in the company of, uh, Babe Ruth and Pedro Martinez? Okay then, Josh Beckett, get down with your fictionally jam band loving self.
Three additional items:
1. The Sox currently lead the league in bullpen ERA. It's hard to believe that the bus driver era might really be behind us. Papelbon notching his seventh save in seventh chances tonight, and carrying that pristine 0.00 ERA (I feel like I should be wearing white gloves when I type about it) through 8.1 innings of work doesn't hurt.
2. Speaking of which, this quote from Paps re: facing A-Rod on Sunday night is the greatest fucking thing I've read all week (although to be fair, the only thing I've read this week has been my own grant writing): "It was just one of those situations where I didn't care who was up," said Papelbon. "I was in kill mode, you know? I was in there to stick the dagger in." Kill mode! Very Papelbonian.
3. I wasn't even going to mention the slow news day snooze-fest that has been Sockgate, but this is a good one, as told by Remdawg and Don-O during tonight's broadcast: Dougie was entertaining between 40 and 50 reporters at this locker after Wednesday night's game (Remy: "He was like the Secretary of State"), and his locker was right next to Dice-K's. Dice-K comes around the corner, thinks all the reporters are there to see him, doesn't know what's going on and "a group of players, including Papelbon" told him all the reporters were there to talk to him because he'd been traded to Milwaukee -- for Jeff Suppan.
ETA: Katie points out that there's a full account of the Suppan trade that wasn't (and it was definitely Papelbon who said it) here.