Does anyone else think Jonathon Papelbon spends too much time trying to “look” like an intimidating closer rather than trying to “be” an intimidating closer?

I am not overreacting to his implosion last night at Yankee stadium. I have had this feeling for quite some time. He has been a very good closer but what’s with the face. Hey Pap-It doesn’t help.

You were a good closer before you decided to make that face before every pitch. Shut your mouth and pitch, and try not to pitch right down the middle of the plate. It makes your pitches a lot easier to hit. Ask Marcus Thames. Ouch. Journeyman outfielder has career moment at Pap’s expense.

This game had all of the makings of a statement game, on the positive side for the Red Sox. Coming back from 5 runs down, in Yankee Stadium, against their young undefeated pitcher and then Papelbon serves up Home Run Derby in the bottom of the 9th. Ouch. Now 9 games back of Tampa and 6 and half behind of the Yankees.



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