JP Ricciardi spoke with Mike Francesa on WFAN on Friday afternoon, Francesa
saying how well BJ Ryan has been doing. Mike brings up the Red Sox and issue
of having Papelbon as closer vs. starter. JP says how crucial it is to have an
ace closer, no matter what else you have if you don't have the ace closer you
won't win. Francesa says, "So if you had to choose between Curt Schilling or
Papelbon, which would you choose?" and JP answers, "Well, I'd have to say Papelbon,
because the closer is ultimately more important. IT'S BEEN THE REASON FOR THE YANKEES'
SUCCESS ALL THESE YEARS." You'll only hear this acknowledgement of the true AL MVP year in and year out(Mariano Rivera) from AL managers and the best AL hitters
--the ones who have a clue, as opposed to a bitter, uninformed, unsupervised politician in a writers'
association WHICH MAINLY EXISTS FOR THE DESPERATE AND SOLE PURPOSE OF PERPETUATING ITSELF.