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Theo: Papelbon is the closer

Dec 21, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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Ian Browne tweets that Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said today that despite Jonathan Papelbon’s shakiness last year, despite the signing of Bobby Jenks and despite the fact that Daniel Bard is pretty tough stuff himself, he has assured Papelbon that he is still the team’s closer.

And that assurance will matter until the first time Papelbon allows a base runner in a save situation, at which point Red Sox Nation will collectively freak.

  1. thinman61 - Dec 21, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Theo and Tito have shown themselves to be pretty good at not overreacting to freaking out on the part of Boston fans or mediots.

    • Glenn - Dec 21, 2010 at 5:19 PM

      Even to the point when they should – Francona is too loyal to veterans. Not a bad fault, as it has payed off a number of times – Big Papi two years in a row now.

  2. pisano - Dec 21, 2010 at 5:58 PM

    That’s great news to the rest of the AL, but mark this down before the season is over the right guy will be closing, and his name is Bard. Papelbum doesn’t fool anyone, the AL caught up with him a couple of years ago. He should spend some of the 11 mil.on getting his pursed lips fixed, maybe a good proctologist would help.

  3. frankvzappa - Dec 21, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    please god no

  4. bobwsc - Dec 22, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    no way he finishes the season in boston. with his declining stuff and salary, they’ll have to give him away for a box of balls. he’s going the Eric Gagne route: once impressive stuff that is now getting mashed all over the park.

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