Jonathan Papelbon (or "Jon", as he was known at the time) is a right-handed reliever/closer who pitched for the Pawtucket Red Sox in 2005. Like most megastars, Papelbon's time in Triple-A was brief. Papelbon pitched in seven games, starting four of them and earning one save. His ERA was 2.93. He struck out 27 batters but only walked three. Nice job, kid!
1. Papelbon pitched in the big leagues that year and at one point was sent down to make room for Jose Cruz Jr. Imagine!
2. I don't remember this: "Papelbon may have established himself in the eyes of Red Sox Nation with one pitch in spring training - A high and tight fastball that buzzed Orioles slugger Sammy Sosa, in response to Baltimore starter Daniel Cabrera plunking Jay Payton earlier in the game." (from the PawSox 2005 program)
Please enjoy Jon Papelbon's mural in the middle portion of the home plate tower!