Great Papelbon News...YES!!
This from today's Globe, and then a comment from me. I always have to get a word in, eventually....
"Having thrown 20 pitches, mainly fastballs, off a mound Tuesday ("nice and fluid, with some movement," Francona said), Jonathan Papelbon threw off flat ground yesterday and should throw to hitters today.
"Strong as can be," Papelbon said. I can go into the offseason having a clear conscience, knowing I can push myself."
Peter here. And WE can go into the early stages of fall knowing that Jonathon is OK, ready to go, and able to return to the rotation healthy and ready to thwart opposing batters as if they held toothpicks instead of bats. But his exact role with the club, starter or reliever, is a "still to be determined" issue. As it should be right now. There is no other closer. Not one who can dominate with a one run lead. NOT YET. And until the club does something about that, and right now Foulkie has a long way to go to step into those shoes, Paps is our closer for next year. Stay tuned. Right here. ALL WINTER LONG. Oh, and by the way, I am predicted 3 major Nor'easters, with snow in excess of 15 inches and winds and tides a factor at the shoreline, for this winter of '06-'07. And that forecast is for New England, southern and central New England, mainly Connecticut, Mass. and Rhode island. Keep it here. Every day. I need ya!