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Jonathan Papelbon’s dog ate World Series ball

A bit of baseball history becomes a chew toy. From AP-

BOSTON – The World Series ball is gone, and Jonathan Papelbon has an excuse: My dog ate it. Farfetched or not, that’s what the Red Sox closer insists happened to the souvenir from the final out of Boston’s sweep this year.

Really, Papelbon blamed it on his bulldog, Boss.


After the game, Varitek said he planned to give the prize to the team. A few days later, he said he’d given it to Papelbon.

Instead, the relief pitcher said, Boss got hold of that doggone ball.

Papelbon told a similar tale to the New England Sports Network for a story that aired Nov. 30 — but with a slightly different ending. He told NESN he threw what was left of the ball in the trash.

“It’s in the garbage in Florida somewhere,” he said

Something tells me boss secretly works for a baseball owner with the same nickname. Any baseball conspiracists agree with me?

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