Do you think Timlin needs the earplugs because he was on a Duck boat with the Dropkick Murphys?
Or because he was on a Duck boat with Jonathan Papelbon?
Pap was OUT OF CONTROL on the Rolling Rally, with the processional stopping 3 different times so he could Riverdance for RSN.
Watching him turn into the best closer currently in the game has been a pleasure to watch. Don't get me wrong: he's not Mariano Rivera or Trevor Hoffman.
Seeing him act like a goofball, from the Bud Light box in his underwear, to waggling his fingers at Tek, to playing air guitar with a broom during the parade? Priceless.
Baseball, and ALL sports, need guys like Pap: players who realize they get paid an enormous amount of money to play a game intended for kids. Who understand that while what they do is a HUGE deal to a lot of people, in the grand scheme of things, it's really only a diversion.
How refreshing is it to see grown men actually having FUN at what they do? Not acting like that if they don't win, world peace will never be achieved? Seriously, I'm as big a seam head as you'll find: I'm the guy who curses at the TV when things go wrong and who REALLY thinks that if I wear my lucky hat, it'll help the Red Sox win. But when I go into my daughter's room to kiss her goodnight and see her sleeping, even I know what TRULY matters.
To me, it's a welcome relief from all the self important dinks that walk around as if they had a corn cob stuck up their nether regions and acting like playing sports for a living makes them somehow better than a teacher, a police officer, a soldier, or a stock broker. Slappy, I'm talking to you.
Pap gets how fortunate he is, and it shows in how he conducts himself when he's not out on the field.
Like a kid raiding the candy store.
Long live the Riverdance.