Papelbon is not Rivera

Video files are abundant depicting Jonathan Papelbon trying to explain why, with a 3-2 lead in the 9th, he failed to save the final game of the season for the Boston Red Sox.

But, if a 97mph pitch had been an inch apart from where it wound up…  If a left-fielder had extended a few centimeters further…

In that event, the compulsory press conference never happens, and the Sox are still alive.

In the end, it’s baseball.  Things happen.

Even to the very best.

 

 

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