Each player was paired with a professional dance partner who, in two hours, taught merengue and salsa steps that usually take two weeks to master. The event was Cuban-themed to celebrate Lowell's heritage. It didn't take long for his teammates to lighten the mood, beginning with Papelbon, whom [sic] came out in a black lace top — a hard look for any dancer to pull off, not to mention one with a build like the intimidating Red Sox closer. Pedroia came out and proceeded to rip off his shirt while dancing his best. Red Sox manager Terry Francona attended the event, while teammates Jason Varitek, Tim Wakefield, Josh Beckett, Javier Lopez, Sean Casey and Jacoby Ellsbury all provided emotional support and some unbiased judging during the nerve-wracking dancing contest.
In a related story, I hold a Cuban themed dance contest every year on my birthday at the gentlemen's club. The most popular dance? The "Lewinsky". -KD