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May 10, 2008

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maxwell horse

I was freaking out a little when I saw Papelbon warming up. Not because I thought he was unreliable now as a closer. Just because it seems like he's been pitching a LOT lately. And I worried that they were putting him in last night more to prove something, or to "get back on the horse" or whatever. And I was seriously worried that, regardless of whether or not he suddenly refound his good mechanics, we would all be treated to the horrific sight of him being escorted off the mound like at the end of 2006.

Thankfully, the game turned out to have a happy ending all around. (Except maybe for Julio Lugo. I imainge that seeing Lowrie do so well was like having lemon juice being poured into a paper cut.) Hopefully Francona will make en effort to sit both Papelbon and Okie for at least the next two games.

On a side note: While Papelbon's destruction of the Gatorade coolers was kind of entertaining, it was also a bit cliched. I thought his reaction to the second blown save where he just looked kind of starry eyed as he sat on the bench (he looked almost liberated; he was in uncharted territory now) was much more interesting.

beth

i have to say, maxwell, you have a vivid imagination - and sometimes your pessimism trumps even mine.

yes, he's been pitching a lot more. i don't know if this is because the 'shoulder program' they've got him on means they don't have to nurse him along this year as much as they did last year. but i do think it's important for him to 'get back on the horse' and i think that's exactly why they brought him in again last night.

but he did it, and i think he's got the problem under control now. that might be where you and i differ. :)

maxwell horse

"i have to say, maxwell, you have a vivid imagination - and sometimes your pessimism trumps even mine."

It's a gift. And a curse.

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