Posts Tagged ‘Jonathan Papelbon

13
Mar
09

The New Rocket?

Everyone is talking about Jonathan Papelbon’s interview in Esquire where he calls Manny Ramirez a “cancer,” I for one, could care less. However, there was one small throw-away tidbit in the article I found particularly interesting. Since he left the team in 1996, Roger Clemens’ number “21” hasn’t been worn by a Red Sox player, but when the Sox were planning on reconverting Papelbon to a starter for the 2007 season “They…offered him the number 21, Roger Clemens’s old number, because they thought the favorable comparison might help Papelbon take to the idea. But the role didn’t sit right with him, and neither did the number.”

I like the Sox’ thinking here, it’s an interesting inspirational idea, but I also like Papelbon’s insistence on forging his own path, the “58” he wears was a random assignment, one he is turning into it’s own legendary number. Paps is building his own legacy, he doesn’t need to pick up on Clemens’.

[Esquire]

11
Sep
08

Papelbon Shows Off Forbidden Dance

First Jonathan Papelbon taught me how to play craps now, he’s taught me how to love. Papelbon’s mom, who clearly has an awesome sense of humor sent these embarassing videos to the Red Sox and Comcast Sportsnet from Papelbon’s high school years. In them Papelbon and a friend are dressed in drag and dancing and then later, Papelbon and friend recreate the final scene from Dirty Dancing which Paps as the Swayze. The reaction around the Red Sox clubhouse as they watch the video is pretty hilarious, especially when Papelbon and the guy get close enough for a near kiss. The best part for me though is David Ortiz both introducing the video and then interviewing Papelbon afterwards, the Large Father is a pretty funny dude.

There are several more videos, including the full unadulterated version on Comcast’s website here if you are so interested.

[Fan IQ via Comcast]

21
Jun
08

Red Sox Blame It on the Rain

I love Jonathan Papelbon. He always seems to be having a great time, whether he’s dominating opposing batters or explaining the vagueries of craps to Hideki Okajima. Recently he and fellow reliever Manny Delcarmen decided to make a video tribute to Milli Vanilli’s classsic hit, “Blame it on the Rain” which was played last night at Fenway at the end of an hour-fifteen rain delay.

That’s the best closer in baseball! Let’s just say I’m glad he has baseball to fall back on, because we’ve now seen his “singing” abilities and of course his off-the-field dancing abilities…

13
May
08

Jonathan Papelbon Wants You to Blow on His Dice

Last week in Detroit, the Red Sox were riding high, they pummeled the Tiger’s pitching, the Sox’ pitching made it impossible for the Tigers to get anything going and right next to the stadium are a couple of casinos for funtimes after the game.

In order to foster some fellow gamblers, Jonathan Papelbon held court out on the warning track before one of the games.

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Here is teaching Hideki Okajima and his interpreter the black arts of Craps. Papelbon is apparently a pretty avid gambler, particularly during team poker games on road trips. He reportedly won some serious cash on the Sox’ flight to Japan where some big bucks were flowing over an all-day game. Now he’s taking his role as a leader of the bullpen even further, helping his teammates with their off-field activities too. That’s the sign of a true leader.

After the jump is video of the explanation, watch how enthralled Okajima is to figure it all out, he thought all this time that Papelbon had been talking about the come line he was getting hit on, now he knows!

Pictures and video all from Out in Centerfield

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