A couple of days after Jason Varitek claimed the ball that ended the World Series was in "a safe place", there seems to be some question about exactly where it is.
Jonathan Papelbon is racking up souvenir baseballs just about as quickly as saves these days. He has all three final outs from each of the postseason series-clinching wins, including Sunday’s strikeout of Seth Smith to clinch the World Series.
"At the time, I don’t know what I was thinking," said Varitek, who caught the final out. "I just didn’t know what to do with it. Then it flashed in my mind, I better not drop it. So, I stuffed it in my pocket. I already gave it to Pap. He has the first two from the first two clinching series and he wanted the third one, and no question, I gave it right to him right away."
Varitek had no regrets about quickly letting go of it.
"It’s out of my hands," said Varitek. "I held it for a little while."
Papelbon does not know where the ball is, his agent, Sam Levinson, told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
After Game 4 on Sunday, Varitek said he presented the ball to the team.
The club was not aware that Papelbon had the ball, spokesman John Blake said Wednesday.
"We will discuss it internally when everything dies down a little bit," Blake said.