Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Red Sox In "Wait-And-See" Mode On Jonathan Papelbon

Lester (L); Papelbon (R)
In March of 2005, I took my then 9-year old son to Red Sox Spring Training in Fort Myers—at the 'old' ballpark. At a packed BoSox Club event, the team was showcasing two young pitchers in camp—Jon Lester and Jonathan Papelbon. As we gazed at the long line to get their autographs, I abruptly decided (as Dads often do) to split the venue since—and I quote"These two guys will probably never amount to anything." To this day, my now 20-year old son refuses to forgive me for that gaffe. Anyway, one of those guys—Papelbon—is again on the Red Sox radar. The latest word from the team is that they are in a 'wait-and-see' mode on the 35-year old reliever. What that means exactly is hard to say—but the scuttlebutt is that he's deciding between us and the Cubbies. The pull of Chicago is both Theo Epstein (who drafted him in 2003's fourth round) and his still-good-buddy Lester. The pull for Boston is John Farrell, David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia. Things do somehow work in cycles, don't they? Stay tuned!