Tonight, Tek was apparently the one with "Hit the Crap Out of the Ball" on his KP chart in the clubhouse. He was 2 for 5, but made those 2 count, homering, doubling and driving in 3 runs for the Sox.
Meanwhile, just imagine being the DBacks reliever, Juan Cruz, tonight in the tenth inning. All Papelbon needs is one run. No sweat, kid, just David Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis, and JD Drew, at minimum, due up.
Now cut to a little bit later on, when it's bases loaded, nobody out, and Jason Varitek is coming to the plate. Oh, and behind him, in the pitcher's spot, Mike Lowell is coming in to pinch hit. Have a nice day.
So the Sox forced a run across, and Papelbon scuffled alarmingly before finally inducing a weak grounder to second to end the inning and the game. I guess you could call it "effectively wild."
As things drew to a close, Jerry Remy was commenting with a note of concern in his voice about Papelbon not looking as sharp as he probably should, given all the extra rest. And Jonathan himself dropped at least 8 f-bombs while gesticulating angrily at Varitek immediately after the last out was recorded, then set about punching his teammates' hands in an approximation of high-fives on the infield.
Josh Beckett decided to give him the cold shoulder a little bit, it looked like, knowing he was all riled up. I would love to be a fly on the wall between those two sometimes.