Okajima, Papelbon shut the door on Rockies

Originally Published: October 25, 2007
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox relievers have a neat little pre-game ritual before taking their seats in the bullpen. They stand in the outfield en masse, respectfully wait for the starter to complete his warmup throws, then pass along fist bumps and words of encouragement as Josh Beckett, Curt Schilling or whoever is pitching that night begins his trek toward the mound.

Then the game begins, and the Boston relievers look like first graders on a sugar high. Freed from adult supervision, ...

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