I think I'd pay TOP dollar to have a Row 1 right behind Homeplate seat at a game that Papelbon was closing at. I've gotten some great side view pics of Paps staredown at the plate....but what I would give to see it first hand head-on. I think I'd just pee in my pants if I was the batter. Papelbon was born in Louisiana but moved and was raised in Florida...but the thing is you can take the boy out of Cajun Country but ya can't take the Cajun out of the Boy. This is what I see when I watch Paps on the mound....intense Cajun-persona. We are hard-headed and determined folks...we don't give up...we argue with a fence post....but we have this "Joie de Vivre" (the Joy of Life) inside us as well. I've seen Paps in his joie de vivre attitude at games...always the jokester but gets serious when he steps from the bullpen to the field. Paps has the "Savoir-faire"(Know How) to get the job done in the 9th. And as all us good cajuns know...Paps brings to the table that Lagniappe (Something Extra) that stands out from others. Now all good baseball fans are superstitious....and so are Cajuns. We have this thing called Gris-Gris: a little voodoo good luck charm. Maybe Paps has one...who knows what Taz gave him.
All I know is Papelbon makes me smile when he comes to the mound...i hate that I missed his 'in the face of the ump' arguement. I'm going to miss Josh's 12th Win tonight.