The story's headline: Jonathan Papelbon Says He Should Close All-Star Game Instead Of Mo
"I think I should get the shot."The guy's got a lot of nerve, huh? Reading that statement from Papelbon, who is a relative upstart in the closing game compared to Rivera, it's no wonder New Yorkers are ups--
Oh, wait ... that's a quote from Rivera himself!
Here it is again, with more context (and some bold!):
Mariano Rivera: "[W]e're here in Yankee Stadium. I think I should get the shot."
It's typical of the brand of "journalism" practiced at the right-wing Gotham rag. Tell only half the story and then splash a huge lie on the back page attributing the damning quote to someone who never said it. If you read the article, it's clear it was Rivera who said he "should" be the closer tonight!
This is what Papelbon said:
If I was managing the team, I would close. I'm not managing the team, so it don't matter. ... We've both earned that right; us, by winning the World Series and having the opportunity of having our manager there and our team being represented, and Mariano by what he's done for this role, we're in Yankee Stadium and blah, blah, blah. It's not that easy. Everybody thinks it's a cut and dry answer, but it's not.It's also a non-issue. If anything, Rivera's statement is slightly more outspoken. Big deal.
Here are tonight's lineups:
National League American LeagueClick on over to Ish's blog for the All-Star Game Thread.
Hanley Ramirez, SS Ichiro Suzuki, RF
Chase Utley, 2B Derek Jeter, SS
Lance Berkman, 1B Josh Hamilton, CF
Albert Pujols, DH Alex Rodriguez, 3B
Chipper Jones, 3B Manny Ramirez, LF
Matt Holliday, RF Milton Bradley, DH
Ryan Braun, LF Kevin Youkilis, 1B
Kosuke Fukudome, CF Joe Mauer, C
Geovany Soto, C Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Ben Sheets, P Cliff Lee, P