// Jonathan Papelbon

Why the Red Sox need to re-sign Jacoby Ellsbury

Red Sox center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury is set to become a free agent after the 2013 season and the Sox need to re-sign him. Now in his 7th MLB season (all with Boston) Ellsbury has proven himself as one of the best defensive players in the league and having a quality defender in center is vital. He is […]

Koji Uehara Back in 2014: This Good or Bad?

When the Red Sox signed relief pitcher Koji Uehara this past offseason, the deal was announced as one year for $4.25 million. However, WEEI’s Alex Speier reported the other day that Uehara is about to hit a previously unknown contract milestone that will keep him in Boston for the 2014 season as well. Uehara’s contract states that if […]

Red Sox May Regret Letting Papelbon Walk in Free Agency

On Sept. 28, 2011, Jonathan Papelbon threw his last pitch as a member of the Boston Red Sox. A 1-1 splitter to the Orioles’ Robert Andino was smacked into left field for a walk off RBI hit to end Boston’s season in a dramatic collapse for the ages. The Red Sox would move on from […]

Who Should be the Red Sox Closer Now and for the Future?

When Jonathan Papelbon signed with the Philadelphia Phillies two years ago, the Red Sox were confident that he would be easily replaceable. I even came to the thought that letting go of Papelbon was a smart idea. Since Papelbon’s departure, the Red Sox have made three deals for the closer position. Andrew Bailey, Mark Melancon  and Joel Hanrahan have […]

Ellsbury, Red Sox Walk Off with 4-Run Ninth; Buchholz Scratched

Mired in a slow start that has him hitting just .249/.319/.338 two months into the season, Jacoby Ellsbury sure picked a fine time to deliver a key hit. Ellsbury delivered a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning to deliver an epic 6-5 Boston Red Sox comeback, walk-off win over the Cleveland […]

Hanrahan Falls Prey to Red Sox Closer Curse, Placed on 60-Day DL

Tabbed as the closer for the Boston Red Sox before the 2013 season, Joel Hanrahan was moved to the 60-day disabled list on Thursday, just two days after the Red Sox placed him on the 15-day DL. What originally was deemed a muscle strain in his right forearm quickly became much more serious after an […]

Kevin Youkilis Was Theo Epstein’s First Super-Prospect

Former Red Sox Kevin Youkilis wrote a letter to Red Sox Nation Sunday. Youkilis thanked his coaches, his teammates, his family and his fans for what he called the “honor and a privilege to play every home game of my career in Boston before a sold out Fenway Park.” Classy move by a classy guy, […]

National League Dominates in 2012 All-Star Game

When the lineups for the 2012 All-Star Game from Kansas City were posted, most saw the American League as heavy favorites, especially given Justin Verlander would be pitching the first two innings. It was surprising to say the least that Verlander barely made it through the first, surrendering five runs out of the gate as […]

Was the Josh Reddick Trade Really Worth it?

In the offseason the Red Sox made the move to acquire a closer in an effort to fill the hole left when Jonathan Papelbon took his talents to Philadelphia. In the quest to fill that hole, the Red Sox traded young outfielder Josh Reddick, and minor league players Raul Alcantara and Miles Head to the […]

Daniel Bard Says He Wants to be a Reliever

It’s safe to say that the Daniel Bard starting pitcher experiment is over for the remainder of the 2012 season. On Friday, a report surfaced that Bard had met with general manager Ben Cherington and expressed his interest in moving back to the bullpen. Cherington agreed with the decision, and Bard will be working out […]

Was the Hate Towards Jonathan Papelbon Really that Necessary?

The Red Sox series against the Philadelphia Phillies this past weekend marked more than the first inter-league games of the season. Jonathan Papelbon, formerly Boston’s closer for six years, faced his old team for the first time. While the standard reunion between player and former team typically involves over exaggerated reminiscing over this past relationship (unless […]

Red Sox Home Runs Not Enough in 6-4 Loss in Philadelphia

The adventures of Daniel Bard as a starting pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in 2012 continues. On Friday night, the erratic pitcher continued to miss the strike zone early against the Philadelphia Phillies in what ended up a 6-4 Red Sox loss. The Phillies’ offense walked all over Bard in the first, and from […]

2012 Red Sox Preview: Relief Pitchers

A big storyline heading into this new season is how the Red Sox bullpen will perform given significant personal changes. Gone is four-time All-Star closer Jonathan Papelbon to free agency. A big change awaits former dominate set up man Daniel Bard as he is stretched out to start this year to help a limited rotation. […]

What We Learned This Week: Professor Paps, Peyton’s Place?

What We Learned This Week Week of March 3 – March 10   Peyton Manning Got Cut From a 2-14 Team What a scrub! I hope the poor guy can somehow catch on with another team. It will be strange to see Peyton Manning in another uniform (or another helmet) but Johnny Unitas with the […]

Dropkick Murphys’ Comment About Papelbon Taken Out of Context

With the departure of closer Jonathan Papelbon to the Philadelphia Phillies after last season, we here in Boston assumed Pap’ would take everything with him. Ken Casey, the frontman of Boston’s own Dropkick Murphys, reportedly told ESPN Music that he does not want the former Sox closer to use their song, “Shipping up to Boston” […]