Ah, Jonathan. You beautiful creature you.
Notes: Papelbon makes statement (MLB.com)
As the right-hander took the mound for his start on Friday against the Marlins, his role was not even on his radar screen. All Papelbon wanted to do was produce a string of zeroes, something he's struggled to do this spring.
In other words, this was a gratifying day for the hard-throwing righty, who fired five shutout innings and gave up just one hit while striking out two.
For a man who entered the day with a 0-2 record and a 10.13 ERA in three starts, this was just what he needed.
"There's no doubt about it, I wanted to go out there and I wanted to throw good," said Papelbon.
I think I'm in love.
THE BABY was the first indication that his life had changed.
Shortly after his first start in Boston, Papelbon and his parents went out to dinner to celebrate. "There was this man. and he had a newborn baby with a Red Sox shirt," Sheila recalls. "And he came up and said, 'You're Jon Papelbon. Will you sign my baby?' So Jonathan did, and the man left, and Jonathan said to me, 'Well, I never signed a baby before.'"
And then in the course of uncovering the Papelbon piece, I just had to come across this photo:
Boston.com photo--Caption: Keith Foulke took his 28-month-old son Kade for a bike ride prior to the game between the Red Sox and Marlins in Fort Myers.
OK. My mind is officially blown.