I was trying to explain the concept of Sox blogging to a coworker who doesn't follow baseball. I was providing him with some choice quotes from some blogs yesterday about Thursday night's game, and I encapsulated the phenomenon thusly: "Sox bloggers' humor and way with words are how come we all want to read about a game we all already saw anyway."
Today the flurry of enthusiasm over Papelbon's performance last night is almost as wonderful as the performance itself. Here are a few of my favorites:
- "The man is pure gas, a pitching deity sent down to Earth to awe us mere mortals for a time with his god-like powers." -Keep Your Sox On
- "That man has cut a swath of destruction across the batting averages of hitters in late innings since the beginning of the season. That man shattered the records of past relief pitchers. That man propelled himself through [the minor leagues] with his blazing fast ball...That man is Jonathan Papelbon." -Empyreal Environs
- "A blown save has never been so great." -OvertheMonster
- "What's that, Michael Kay, you wanna know how Papelbon will handle his first bout of adversity, his first blown save? Stay tuned." - Joy of Sox
- "I guess we'll have to start talking about someone else as the best closer in baseball, now that Paps is only saving ballgames at a 95 percent clip." -Paul SF
- "Thanks to my daughters (who are slowly but surely learning the names and numbers of the Sox players as the season progresses) we have a new rally-cry chez Iain, to go along with "Yooooooouk!". Repeat after me: "Il est bon, le Papelbon!" -The Baseball Desert
Back on my couch, after my own, big, double-pump of the fists, Papelbon style, I look over at my wife, who is shaking her head at the antics.
'That guy Papelbon is the balls.'
"The balls huh?" she asks wryly.
'Yup. The Mutha-Fuckin' BALLS.' -mrblackandwhite
...and now it appears the much-anticipated Lester debut is delayed by rain. Which means FOX is showing Buck / McCarver calling the MFY vs. OAK. It's the worst of all possible worlds this afternoon.