Jonathan brought out another extra-special pitch in the save as annotated by ESPN above (and replayed on NESN during tonight's rainout)--the one that got Ivan Rodriguez, who could be seen grimacing in open consternation as Jonathan carved him up on just three unutterably nasty pitches. That last one winked as it flew past Rodriguez's bat, tailing like a guided missile into Doug Mirabelli's glove.
Jonathan Papelbon is a distilled kind of pitcher, his each offering a tiny but decadent little dessert on top of a starter's multi-course meal. That last masterpiece of a pitch from Jonathan to Rodriguez is now at least a close runner-up for the filthiest pitch I've ever seen (that one still being Derek Lowe's final pitch of the 2003 ALDS against the Oakland A's, because Derek earns bonus style points for the now-infamous "Bite My Tweeter Gesture" that immediately followed.)
Incredible save. Is it on RedSox.com? Nope. NESN? Negative. Also, where the F is FSN with the Papelbon Scoop for this week? Seriously! However, Jerry Remy taking a header in the broadcast booth is, in fact, on display on the Interwebs. They just don't have any way for me to permalink it. Bastards.
P.S. Philly Fanatic in Red Sox Nation brought it Papelbon-style in this post.
P.P.S. On my TV just now, Alex Cora told Hazel Mae that if he was stuck on a desert island, the one teammate he'd bring along for company is Mike Lowell, which, hullo? NESN? Get on the Dougie-and-Wake-style Oprah interview already.
Speaking of Alex Cora, NESN played Walk-off Sox tonight to fill in during the rain delay, and I realized Alex Cora was on the Dodgers during that game. In fact, he was the one who scored the run when Manny let the ball drop in left field to set up the tie game and eventual Ortiz walk-off single. Final fun fact: at the time, DAVE ROBERTS was also on the team.