Playful Papelbon not opposed to having A-Rod on his side

Updated: November 1, 2007, 11:41 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon would be happy to have Alex Rodriguez as a teammate.

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"Personally, I would love to have him come on just so I don't have to pitch to him," Papelbon said Wednesday night on the "Late Show with David Letterman." "But, you know, I think the fans in Boston might think otherwise."

Rodriguez recently opted out of his contract with the New York Yankees and filed for free agency. Some think he could land with the Red Sox because Boston's third baseman, Mike Lowell, also can become a free agent this offseason.

"Obviously, we'd like to have Mikey back, that's for sure, but we've got to wait and see what happens," Papelbon said. "He's a phenomenal guy. He's awesome."

Papelbon, who closed out Boston's World Series sweep of the Colorado Rockies on Sunday night, also was a huge hit with Letterman. The fun-loving reliever did a mean impression of David Ortiz conducting a team meeting and revealed something unexpected about the big slugger.

"Not very many people know this, but David Ortiz happens to be a huge Bedazzler," Papelbon said, drawing laughs. "Yeah, yeah, see like this jacket right here? He couldn't wear this jacket normally, he'd have to put, like, Bedazzle a Lamborghini in the back, or something like that."

The right-hander also talked about dancing an Irish jig in his skivvies on the field.

"There's an explanation for that," Papelbon said. "We were kind of just messing around in the locker room like we usually do, and I just happened to have on nothing but some underwear and a kid's T-shirt Red Sox uniform jersey. And that's kind of what I decided to celebrate in, you know what I mean? What can I tell ya?"

Papelbon said he was hoping to get an at-bat in the World Series at Coors Field.

"Probably was going to go deep," he said, "but I had to go pitch."


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