Tagged: Jonathan Papelbon

Complete Opposites

It is interesting how, in many ways, the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles are complete opposites.

Just this year, many examples have come to my attention:

-While our regular starting catcher (V-Tek) is an old vet, Baltimore’s is (as of recently) a young prospect (Wieters)

-4 of the 6 infielders on their roster were born before 1979, while 4 out of our 6 were born in or after ’79

(Don’t worry, they’re not all about age)

-We are in 1st and they are in last in the AL East, and it has been that way for a while

-Their closer (Sherrill) has taken  5 years to become as reliable as he is this season, whereas ours (Papelbon) took 4 years only to already pass the Red Sox all time saves list, and was a star immediately upon entering the league

Okay, those aren’t actually that many examples; I’m sure you can find more if you look harder.

As of yesterday, there is a puzzling new one to add to the list. The Orioles, who are currently playing the Mariners, are up 2-0 in the 3 game series, whereas the Red Sox were 0-2 in the first 2 games of our Mariners series last week. I don’t have enough time right now to discuss why this has happened the way it has, but I welcome anyone to post their ideas about this new “opposite example” involving the O’s and the Sox.

Fire away!