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Red Sox News Links, Saturday, November 22, 2008
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Posted 22 November 2008 - 02:19 PM
Kevin Gray's On Baseball: Papelbon pair among guests at tonight's dinner
Delcarmen committed to the dinner earlier this month after talking with officials from the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame, a beneficiary of this year's event, along with the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth and the Fisher Cats Foundation. John Papelbon, father of the three professional pitchers, serves as deputy director of the Ted Williams Museum headquartered at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
"(Delcarmen's) always gone out of his way to help us," Papelbon said. "I know he has a busy schedule, knowing what it's like for my son (Jonathan). There are times you want to just crawl in a hole. I know they get hounded by people to do this and do that. For him to come out, it's very much appreciated."
Jeremy Papelbon, a 19th-round pick of the Chicago Cubs, is coming off a productive stint in the Hawaii Winter Baseball. The left-handed reliever led the league with seven saves and has developed into a big-league prospect. Joshua Papelbon, a right-hander with a submarine-style delivery, was drafted by the Red Sox in the 48th round of 2006. Last season, he went 4-3 with a 4.46 ERA in the hitter-friendly California League.
Others guests at tonight's head table include former major leaguers Jim Beattie, Mike Bordick, Bernie Carbo, Rich Gedman, Greg LaRocca, Lou Merloni and Bob Tewksbury. Minor leaguers Jeff Locke of Conway (Braves) and Brett Cecil (Blue Jays) are on the guest list, along with Fisher Cats manager Gary Cathcart and pitching coach Tom Signore. Blue Jays farm director Dick Scott and Triple-A hitting coach Ken Joyce will also make a return to Manchester.
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