Jonathan Papelbon isn't ready to take Jon Lester's lead.
A few days after Lester announced he was calling it quits, his former teammate, Papelbon, appeared on the Live BP podcast to announce that he was not following suit.
"Never. I'm never going to retire. It's never going to happen," the former Red Sox closer said (at the 1:57 mark of the podcast). "I don't care if I'm on my death bed like Ted Williams thinking he can hit at 90. I'm just never retiring. That's just the fact and how it's going."
Despite the proclamation that he hasn't hung up his cleats quite yet, Papelbon is on his first National Baseball Hall of Fame ballot this year, having played his most recent big league game Aug. 6, 2016.
The anti-retirement proclamation - which he reiterates toward the end of the podcast - comes despite Papelbon explaining that he injured his throwing arm while tossing out a 91 mph ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park prior to Game 3 of the American League Championship Series.