Paulsen was signed by the Redskins as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He was at the bottom of their pay scale, and he assumed Kerrigan would hang out with the multimillionaire in-crowd. He discovered as time went on that Kerrigan wasn’t part of that clique, and that the two players had more in common than the number of zeroes on each of their contracts would indicate.
“We started inviting him out, and the friendship just started growing from there,” Paulsen says. “We just kind of clicked, and then I got to know how good of a guy he was and what kind of person he was.”
I’m not sure I agree with the assessment that the size of their contracts makes them unlikely buddies. Kerrigan resides only a few lockers away from Paulsen at Redskins Park, and their similar personalities make them a good fit.
Also, it seems that Paulsen is recruiting Kerrigan into the family.
“He’s a guy that I have a lot of respect for,” Paulsen says. “I always tell my wife, if there’s one guy on the team I’d want my daughter to date, it would be Ryan Kerrigan.”
TWEET OF THE NIGHT
No pics tho?
I love mechanical bulls lol
— Adam Gettis (@NotOnDuty__) July 9, 2013
QUOTE OF THE NIGHT
Tyler Clippard, on his energy drink habit (more on energy drink use in baseball via James Wagner here):
“Just to kinda make sure I’m not falling asleep out there in the bullpen. Just to make sure I’m up and attentive.”
HIGHLIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Here’s a look at the Redskins new training facility in Richmond.
WHAT TO WATCH TONIGHT
Nats at Phillies, 7 p.m. on MASN2. Kastles try to break the winning streak record at 7 p.m. on Comcast SportsNet. All TV/Radio listings here.
WEB SITE PARKING OF THE DAY
It seems that a number of bloggers and other media types (including myself) got an email from a fellow who purchased the domain poprocksandtootsiepops.com after RGIII’s curious video surfaced, and offered this explanation: “I am a full time real estate investor in my day job and thought I would flip this website similar to a property to an avid redskins fan, RG3 himself, or maybe even hold on to it and try to do something with it.” The bidding will start at you can’t be serious.
MAP OF THE DAY
MLB.com has a county by county interactive map of All-Star Final voting. Get on the Ian Desmond train, Talbot County.