I didn't know we used the word "still" that often.Still, I love that one of the biggest words is "Ibanez".
In a real stretch at a connection between the Red Sox loss last night and wordle I am posting the folling:If wordle was fed Papelbon's pitch selection last night it would spit out only one beautiful word cloud: FASTBALL. Keith Law talked about this today on his blog for ESPN and it was also commented on in Dan Lamothe's Red Sox blog. Their take is the following:Law: After throwing 14 fastballs and nothing else on Tuesday, he started left-handed pinch-hitter Dan Johnson with five fastballs, including a 3-1 pitch down the middle that Johnson just missed. Yet, despite the obvious call for a splitter with a 3-2 count on a left-handed hitter, Papelbon went back to the fastball and Johnson -- already starting his bat early on the previous pitch -- took it out to deep right-center.Even after the home run, the mono-pitch approach continued. Willy Aybar saw four fastballs, hit the last one hard, but lined out to center. Fernando Perez, 1-for-10 in his in the majors, got two fastballs and tagged the second one -- 95 mph and up -- nearly taking it over the Green Monster (and showing more opposite-field power than I ever thought he had). Dioner Navarro saw two fastballs and doubled Perez home on the second one. Over two nights, Papelbon threw 30 straight fastballs before throwing any other type of pitch; he eventually threw one splitter and one slider on Tuesday, but well after the damage was done. Lamothe follows up with:Nobody's expecting Paps to become Paul Byrd, mixing in the occasional junkball, meatball and oldmanball to keep hitters off balance. But seriously, 30 straight fastballs? It was a matter of time, man!Despite not being a big Red Sox fan, I do really like Papelbon. The man can dance and he is from Surf City, USA. All that said, given the way hitters are connecting with the fastball and his shoulder troubles from 2006, more consecutive fastballs are not the answer.
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