Watching the Red Sox-Phillies game now on ESPN tv, the 2 announcers said the Red Sox are expected to announce this after today's game. The ESPN cameras have been on Papelbon about 90% of the time, on the game about 10% of the time. Amazing what half a season of performance gets you if the media is behind you. They're saying Papelbon's heart is in the bullpen, but he won't be used as much as he was last year to preserve his arm. But, ESPN LIED:
The announcer said "they won't use Papelbon 4 or 5 days in a row like they did last year." MILLIONS HEARD THIS LIE.
- # TIMES PAPELBON PITCHED 4 DAYS IN A ROW: 0
- # TIMES PAPELBON PITCHED 5 DAYS IN A ROW: 0
Papelbon did pitch 3 days in a row 4 times over the season, the last of those 4 for only 1 out, and was the last day he played in 2006, going down with an injury.
- IF YOU WANT TO LIE, YOU SHOULD BE FIRED FROM ESPN.
- ESPN SAID IT STARTED A 'CORRECTIONS' PAGE? ANYONE KNOW WHERE IT IS?
P.S. Chris and Mike on WFAN hear this and call Gordon Edes--he says he hasn't heard about it, will check it out and call them back. Again I'm proven right--ESPN is in business with the Red Sox.
- Meanwhile, at the Yankees v Reds game, "The talk-show host Jerry Springer, a former mayor of Cincinnati, sat behind home plate Thursday and posed for pictures throughout the game." This item reported by Tyler Kepner, the NY Times, 3/23/07, 'Inside Pitch' item from "Numbers only tell part of the story for Pavano." This gets you their cookies page.