Life imitates art for Papelbon’s dog

News item: Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon says his dog ate the baseball that struck out Colorado’s Seth Smith to end the 2007 World Series. "He plays with baseballs like they are his toys," Papelbon said. "His name is Boss. He jumped up one day on the counter and snatched it. He likes rawhide. He tore that thing to pieces. I’ll keep what’s left of it."

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As the director of The Sandlot, I had this reaction:

I think Jonathan should be grounded immediately for a week at least and perhaps a month, and no TV! Firstly for playing fetch with a ball that valuable — what, he didn?t have any tennis balls handy? And secondly for clearly, blatantly attempting to relive his childhood baseball dreams by imitating a moment in what is surely his favorite baseball movie of all time.

Happy New Year and welcome to my new MLBlog. I appreciate everyone who has gone out to watch our latest baseball movie, The Final Season. As far as I know, The Final Season is coming out on DVD in April ?- around Spring Training/Opening Day or something like that. The word all around is that it?s poised and positioned to do VERY well.  The big retailers like Wal*Mart, Target and Best Buy are enamored of it are are claiming to be ready to support its sale intensely.

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