Video: Jonathan Papelbon imitates Terry Francona

Posted by Matt Pepin, Boston.com Staff  March 5, 2012 08:31 PM

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Last week, a video featuring Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia doing a hilarious impersonation of ESPN baseball analyst Tim Kurkjian made the rounds of cyberspace and was shown on ESPN.

It was arranged by an ESPN producer and former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, who is now a baseball analyst on the network.

Kurkjian got his revenge the next day by asking pitcher Jonathan Papelbon to imitate Francona. Papelbon, the former Red Sox closer who is now with the Phillies, was happy to oblige.

The hijinks continued Monday, when the Baseball Tonight Tour visited Rays camp and Rays second baseman Elliot Johnson offered his own interpretation of Kurkjian's on-air mannerisms.

Guess where Baseball Tonight's next stop is? Yup, Red Sox camp in Fort Myers on Tuesday, according to the network's FrontRow web site.

UPDATE, Tuesday, 8:28 a.m.: Turns out Red Sox minor-league pitcher Pete Ruiz is making a bit of a buzz with his own Tim Kurkjian impersonation, which was posted to YouTube under the account ARanaudo23, which would appear to be that of another Red Sox minor-league pitcher, Anthony Ranaudo.

Here's Ruiz's take on Kurkjian.

And the one that started it all:

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