Once in awhile, the sports media gets it right. Often, by accident, they stumble upon an idea that’s pure gold- so awesome, you wonder why someone didn’t think of it sooner. The golden idea in this case? Putting a mic on or in the hands of hottie Jonathan Papelbon. The Red Sox lights-out closer may have one hell of a killer Papelglare on the mound, but on his own time he’s bona fide comedy gold. He’s a total cut-up, who doesn’t censor a single thought that comes into his head, and delivers all that charm and silliness with a Southern drawl. Seriously- they really need to give him his own show.
Exhibit 1: Friendly’s Scoop with Julian Tavarez
The genius folks at FSN decided this season to give Papyboo his own weekly segment, where they basically just shoot the shit with him about baseball. But a few weeks ago, things got even better when they decided to hand over the mic to Papyboo, and let him interview a teammate instead. The first victim? Starting pitcher Julian Tavarez. But Papyboo doesn’t choose to use his time talking about pitching mechanics, or the rotation or any of that stuff. No, he decides instead to find out who Tavarez thinks is the sexiest guy in the Red Sox bullpen, and who is the sexiest hitter on the Sox roster. Sounds like Papyboo would fit in GREAT around here.
Video of this (and more!) after the jump…
Exhibit 2: Friendly’s Scoop with Kevin Youkilis
I didn’t think the greatness of the Papyboo-Tavarez interview could be topped, but then came the Papyboo-Youkilis interview. Once again, Papyboo tries to find out who Youk thinks is the sexiest Red Sox pitcher and hitter. But where Tavarez was sweetly earnest in his responses, Youk fakes Papyboo out with a joke answer that fools him completely for a moment or two. “ARE YOU SERIOUS?!? Freddy Krueger?”
Exhibit 3: Papelbon & Josh Beckett Debate Very Emphatically
My very favorite Papyboo video- and it made the rounds before, but it deserves a resurgence. NESN sagely decided to mic Papyboo up for BP on a Friday before the Orioles game in May. The gist is that Papyboo is calling out Josh Beckett for using a word that he subsequently is unable to spell. Before it ends, he gets Curt Schilling, Dice-K’s interpreter, and Terry Francona in on the action.
Best things about this?
- dueling Southern accents of Beckett & Papyboo
- Curt Schilling: “you’re already wrong”
- Papyboo shoving Beckett
- “I don’t try to do more, I don’t try to do less”
- Beckett: “that’s my rule- you can’t tell everybody my rule”
- Beckett’s semi-harried running his fingers through his hair
- Tito: “so what’s your point?”
- Papyboo and Tito fist bump
You can see all the Friendly’s Scoop segments with Papyboo here