Dancing with the Sox

No, it was not Julio Lugo’s shirt, despite the joking from Javier Lopez. The black lace shirt, given to Jonathan Papelbon by his dance instructor, was actually a $1,000 Versace number, according to the closer-turned-dancer.

Gussied up for a private dinner benefiting the Mike Lowell Foundation, Papelbon, who declined an invitation to be on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and teammates Pedroia, Alex Cora, and Lowell, danced in the Cuban-themed “Dancing with the All-Stars” event (check out photos). It raised $190,000 for the Foundation through live and silent auctions, including a $32,000 bid on an authentic 2007 World Series ring. Lowell won the competition, which Papelbon called “rigged.”


“I haven’t had a heart attack, I think I’ve come close,” Francona said. “My chest hurt I was laughing so hard. I got a headache I was laughing so hard. Pedroia is a moron. I mean, you can write that. Pedroia is a moron. He looked a puppet on a string.”

Pedroia, for the record, ripped off his shirt to reveal “Daddy” written across his chest with glitter, throwing his shirt to team owner John Henry.

“I can’t tell you,” Pedroia said, of his reasons, laughing. “It’s personal . . . I thought my body pulled it off and [Papelbon’s] didn’t.”

Watch the full dance routines

Excerpted from today’s Red Sox notebook

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