Wait, $50 million for Jonathan Papelbon?!

I didn’t know that Jonathan Papelbon was on the cusp of signing with the Phillies for $50 million until my friend Jane told me Sunday evening during the Giants game. My immediate reaction was glee. The Red Sox made it known they wanted Papelbon back. He’s gone. Theo’s gone. Terry Francona is gone. Boston still has needs in the starting rotation that aren’t being met. While Papelbon’s contribution as closer wasn’t enormous, he is still a good reliever. His departure adds to the image that Boston is currently in disarray. My second reaction was shock. Are the Philadelphia Phillies serious? Continue reading Wait, $50 million for Jonathan Papelbon?!

Hughes, A-Rod, D-Rob all come up huge in much-needed wild 4-3 walk-off win in 10 against BoSox

Think the Yankees were pumped up to win this one? I know I was. In arguably the most nerve-wracking Yankee game played all season, the Yankees were able to come away with a 4-3 victory in 10 innings over the Red Sox, staving off a rare three-game sweep at home (no one has accomplished that feat against the Yankees at the new Stadium) in a contest that featured incredible starting pitching on both sides as well as blown saves by both Mariano Rivera and Jonathan Papelbon. The Yankees needed to win this game badly, and they couldn’t have asked for Continue reading Hughes, A-Rod, D-Rob all come up huge in much-needed wild 4-3 walk-off win in 10 against BoSox

Bad night for Closers

Last night was a game that was tightly contested for 8 innings on both sides, featuring a well pitched game by Phil Hughes and an even better showing by Dice-K. Hughes was outstanding before allowing 2 leadoff walks in the 7th (more on that later), giving up just 1 run on a double that was poorly played by Nick Swisher and a legit single to Victor Martinez. Diasuke Matsuzaka was even better than Hughes, dazzling the Yanks all night long and giving up 2 Runs on a bloop single by Tex and a 2-Run HR to Alex that just cleared Continue reading Bad night for Closers

The Red Sox don’t need Kevin Youkilis when Javier Vazquez is pitching

My seats to this one were in the third row of section 202 in the right field bleachers. My friends were running late getting out of work, so the game started before we could take our seats. We were walking toward the entrance to the bleachers beneath the train tracks when the crowd roared, then booed. I knew that Javier Vazquez had given up a home run. I wouldn’t find out until we sat down that he’d given up a moon shot to David Ortiz. In the bottom of the 1st Mark Teixeira put a 2 run shot in section Continue reading The Red Sox don’t need Kevin Youkilis when Javier Vazquez is pitching

A-Rod, Thames take Papelbon yard in the 9th to give 2010 Yankees their first walk-off win!

I was at this one, and since I’ve never been to a playoff game it ended up being the most exciting game I’ve ever seen live. Josh, my partner in crime from Detroit, was in the seat next to me. After watching the Bombers lose three of 4 in the Motor City this was exactly what we needed. On our way out of the Stadium, an old time Yankee fan summed the game up perfectly. “They scored 5 in the 1st and 4 in the 9th.” Usually the home team wins that game. I’ll try to do the experience justice, Continue reading A-Rod, Thames take Papelbon yard in the 9th to give 2010 Yankees their first walk-off win!

Papelbon Ditching Pitches and A Lesson For Joba

[image title=”Picture 4″ size=”full” id=”16535″ align=”center” linkto=”full” ] The photo above is the Gameday illustration of Curtis Granderson’s brief at-bat against Jonathan Papelbon the other night. Papelbon threw two pitches to Curtis, the second one being a fastball middle-up at 94 MPH. As I am sure you know, Granderson turned on that pitch and sent it into the seats in right to give the Yankees a 2-1 lead. What was interesting about Papelbon’s performance Wednesday night was that although he has been encouraged to rediscover his splitter, he is still not confident enough to use it as an out pitch. Continue reading Papelbon Ditching Pitches and A Lesson For Joba

Papelbon talks up Mariano

Jonathan Papelbon loves him some Mariano Rivera. Here’s Papelbon discussing Mariano last month, on Boston’s the Sports Hub: “Deep down in my heart, I would love to finish my career as a Red Sox. And I think everybody pretty much knows that, but that’s a very, very hard thing to do in this day and age. And the way the game is now, I have to understand that as well. Hopefully it works out to where I can stay here for a while and win World Series and break records in a Red Sox uniform like my buddy Mo [Mariano Continue reading Papelbon talks up Mariano

Papelbon gets it right (for once)

Here’s Jonathan Papelbon discussing Mariano Rivera’s 500th save (via Lisa Winston): “He’s been able to do it with consistency year in and year out, and that’s what’s really impressive, especially in the American League East,” said Papelbon, who has been named to the AL All-Star team in each of his three full big league seasons and hopes to make it four in a row. “Hopefully I’ll be able to give him personal congratulations in St. Louis.” Papelbon is on a similar pace, with 35 saves in 2006, 37 in ’07, 41 in ’08 and 18 so far heading into the Continue reading Papelbon gets it right (for once)

Papelbon: I Would Play For Yanks

Via MLBTR: In an appearance on Sirius XM Radio, Jonathan Papelbon told Jody McDonald and Bert Blyleven that he would consider playing for the Yankees once his Boston career is over: “Oh, of course. I mean, I think if we can’t come to an agreement on terms here in a Red Sox uniform, I mean I think that’s pretty much the writing on the wall.” Papelbon says he’d consider joining other teams, too: Wag the Dog movie download Alien Agent movie “Not only the Bronx, but anywhere. I think anywhere is a possibility. You always have to keep that in Continue reading Papelbon: I Would Play For Yanks