Pap’s “Dirty Dancing”

There’s nothing like being called over to the TV in the middle of the Red Sox clubhouse by David Ortiz. OK, there’s really nothing like the moment before he pushed the play button, and before the images popped up on screen.

Because it could have been anything.

Fortunately it wasn’t quite as scary as I imagined. Unless you’re Jonathan Papelbon.

Here’s the scene: Just before the clubhouse was set to be closed to the media, Ortiz gathered the players and the media in front of the TV. He pushed play, and we were all treated to a screen that read “Pedroia Productions presents,” then “Cinco Ocho: The High School Years.”


Then came the dancing. We saw Papelbon, first in a long (and, may I say, not very attractive) dress, dancing around a stage, partially to “Barbie Girl.” When that faded, we got the mother lode. Papelbon, and a male friend of his from high school, recreating the final dance scene from Dirty Dancing. Papelbon got the role of Patrick Swayze. Good times. Or something like that.

Needless to say there was much laughter in the clubhouse, all at the expense of Papelbon, who didn’t seem to know that this was coming. (The video came courtesy of Papelbon’s parents, Sheila and John.) The video can be seen on Comcast SportsNet tomorrow on Sports Tonight at 6:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.

“The senior girls had a talent show and we were making fun of them,” Papelbon said, laughing, after it was over. “Probably the first time I’ve seen it since high school. Actually I think that’s got a lot of talent. You see those moves?”

Papelbon has already turned down “Dancing with the Stars,” but he looks like he might be willing to accept after his career.

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