FATE OF RED SOX WORLD SERIES BALL GONE TO THE DOGS: Soon after winning their 2nd World Series title in 4 years, the Boston Red Sox lost track of their final-out ball. Over a month later, pitcher Jonathan Papelbon finally found out the fate of the historic horsehide:
“He jumped up one day on the counter and snatched it. He likes rawhide. He tore that thing to pieces.”
Much like what the Sox did to the Rockies in four games.
On a southern side note, the AMERICAN also notes that the final series out came down to a Magnolia State showdown - pitcher Papelbon a graduate of Mississippi State, and Colorado hitter Seth Smith an alum of Ole Miss.
The SEC significance wasn’t lost on Pap. Oh, wait - It was:
“I didn’t really think of him being from Ole Miss and me from Mississippi State. This was the big leagues. I was just trying to get him out.”