In what seems to be an attempt to get the Red Sox to sign him to a new contract, Jonathan Papelbon has emerged and spoken to several media outlets.
That's fine, players do that. The funny part is what he is saying.
Check out this bon mot to ESPN.com:
"I had no idea we got (John]) Lackey until (trainer Mike) Reinold came down to see me, just a few days ago,'' Papelbon said. "I swear to you. I don't know anything about the ball club, but I know the words to the 'Mickey Mouse Clubhouse' song.
"Cameron, Mike Cameron? "We got him? I swear to you, I didn't know."
No, it's Kirk Cameron.
Papelbon is also repeating his assertion that he needs to get a big contract because it'll help other closers down the road. So he has no idea that his own team signed John Lackey, but he's worried about what kind of contract Joakim Soria might get in a few years?
That makes sense.
For more Rhodes Scholar Theater, check out this interview with CSN.
Stay tuned on the blog for updates from the Adrian Beltre press conference which starts at 10 a.m.