Later, Papelbon's agent said the Bot did not have the ball. No one cared all that much -- Theo Epstein: "I hope that's a recurring problem for us" -- but the mystery may have been solved. Papelbon:
"My dog ate it. ... He plays with baseballs like they are his toys. His name is Boss. He jumped up one day on the counter and snatched it. He likes rawhide. He tore that thing to pieces. Nobody knows that. I'll keep what's left of it."This could be true. Who knows?
The newspaper gets two thumbs down for failing to tell us what kind of dog Boss is or print a picture.
If not Boss, maybe this guy ate it: