Someone should make a podcast of every word of every interview Jonathan Papelbon ever gives. Because while I can hear the words jump off the page at me in this snippet Iain posted over at his place:
"I felt that there was always that feeling deep down in my heart that I wanted to close," Papelbon said. "For me, it just kept getting at me and getting at me until finally I went to our captain [Jason Varitek] one day and I said, 'Tek, I'm not sleeping good at night. I've got to do something about it. Basically I told him, 'Man, I think I want to close, that's what I want to do.'"
...it would be even awesomer to hear him actually say it. And to get it fed through RSS to my iPod, that would be even awesomerer.
Know what else I love? The religious war currently breaking out all over Boston about Papelbon to the bullpen. No one ever argued about even Presidential elections so furiously and incessantly in this town. Some of the comments over at Schilling's blog on this made my own blood boil, while others were squabbling and nitpicking left and right at each other about starter vs. closer and arm strength and pitching mechanics and innings pitched vs. games saved and essentially calling each other nitwits over same. Sometimes it just makes me smile to step back and look at what adorable baseball nuts we can be.