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NOT the Papel-faceMy girlfriend Suz and I have been joking about the face that Jonathan Papelbon makes when he’s getting ready to deliver a pitch. It’s like he just sucked down a lemon. Or maybe he’s about to blow a smoke ring? (Suz does a good impression).

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a picture of the Papel-face anywhere on the internets, which is hard to believe.

But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Others have noticed the face.

Valen writes on a Sporting News message board, “Love the look on Papelbon’s face as he stares in. Not sure I have seen too many pitchers look more focused and intense.”

Denton at FanHouse says, “He’s already got back-to-back 30-save seasons, and has a ridiculous 71 K’s in 51.1 innings. And, seriously, who has a better game face than Paps?”

And then there’s this guy, who decided to post his version of the Papel-face on YouTube.

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What do you think? I think it’s a pretty good impression.

8 Responses to “The Papel-Face”

  1. Sarah Green says:

    Re: Yankee Empire, end of: they just said during the New York-Cleveland game that longtime “voice of the Yankees” PA announcer Bob Sheppard is out tonight with a bronchial infection. That makes even me a little sad.

  2. Apparently Rocket’s not all the Yankees have left. Hughes showed us once again that he’s better that Clemens at this point, to the degree that he’s probably just inherited his spot in the rotation if the Yankees can somehow take this series.

  3. And out of the ashes of the fallen Rocket, a future legend shall rise.

    And he will be Huge.

    Amen.

  4. Sarah Green says:

    You mean T-1000 face that was on the cover of Sports Illustrated a couple of weeks ago, that I posted to this very website?

    http://umpbump.com/press/the-two-faces-of-jonathan-papelbon/

  5. Brian Sadecki says:

    Seeing as he looks ridiculous, I don’t think I meant that.

    http://img149.imageshack.us/img149/6094/mannypapelboncrotchyp6.jpg

  6. Sarah Green says:

    Not you, Brian. Coley. But thanks for the exciting image.

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