Paps' Pleasure Against The Reds
His pleasure? Our pleasure. In a one inning "relief type" role yesterday, he made us smile. Before the disaster that was Craig Hansen. From MLB.com, read this, from Tuesday, about that one inning stint....
"After spending the last few days working on refining some mechanics which had gotten away from him, Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon saw some immediate results in mowing down the Reds on Monday.
In one effortless inning, Papelbon retired the Reds 1-2-3, starting things off by blowing a fastball by Ken Griffey Jr. for strike three. He looked like the closer of old yesterday when he came in for one inning in relief of Daisuke Matsuzaka. He fanned Ken Griffey on a fastball down and in, then retired Edwin Encarnacion on a fly to left and got Scott Hatteberg on a grounder to first.
"He had a better arm slot," said manager Terry Francona. "He's got a little work to do, but this was better."
"I'm getting more comfortable," said Papelbon, who was converted from starter to closer late last week. "Now this feels like the same thing I did last year."
Peter here. I feel so much better, and in HIS words, "more comfortable." After all, he's our Paps! One step at a time sounds like a good plan. We all know he'll be fine. And we know Daisuke will be tremendous, too. So no worries here, not in my house. A house that is so much a part of RSN. And a part of you. A Connecticut outpost where the Red Sox reign. OUR RSN. Your RSN. And me......a guy who just loves to write about them. And you reading?? WOW! That makes it all so much better.
THANKS. From my heart............