Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon and his alter ego Cinco Ocho will face their former team, the Boston Red Sox, this weekend at Citizens Bank Park. Pap and his pal "Cinco" talked to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford the other day, and things got a bit convoluted as to just who Bradford was talking to.
It wont be weird, Papelbon said. It might be a little weird for Pap, but it wont be weird for Cinco. Cinco is like a Great White, when he smells blood he attacks.But what about the way things ended in Boston last season?
Cinco dont feel bad. Cincos gutless. He dont feel bad for people. Pap felt bad. I didnt feel bad for some of the players. It was more that I missed some of the guys.
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Mooke Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and a mix of Andrew Benintendi, Brock Holt, Blake Swihart and Chris Young brought postgame celebrations to a new level last season.
Most Sox fans are familiar with the outfield victory "Win, Dance, Repeat" where the trio would dance and pretend to photograph the game's best player between them. The celebration ended with a pose at first, but as seen the MLB the Show 17's freshly released trailer, a few more wrinkes were added in.
In fact, here's a taste of the celebrations and what else to expect from Playstation's 2017 MLB game:
Carlos Beltran, the 39-year-old switch hitter who was a potential target of the Red Sox as a DH, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Astros, ESPN's Buster Olney reported.
FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that it's a one-year, $16 million deal.
Beltran played for the Astros in 2004. He was dealt from the New York Yankees to the Texas Rangers at the July 31 trading deadline last season. He totaled 35 homers, 101 RBI and hit .295 in 2016.
The Red Sox, looking to fill the void left by David Ortiz's retirement, will be looking for a DH at the Winter Meetings that begin next week. One possibility is the return of Mike Napoli, who played for the A.L. champion Cleveland Indians last season.
More on the Winter Meetings here from CSN Red Sox Insider Sean McAdam.