The World Series ball is gone, and Mississippi's Jonathan Papelbon has an excuse: My dog ate it.
Farfetched or not, that's what the Red Sox closer insists happened to the souvenir from the final out of Boston's sweep this year.
Papelbon blamed it on his bulldog, Boss, who he tells the Hattiesburg American plays with baseballs like they're toys.
The former Mississippi State star says Boss snatched the ball off the counter one day and tore it to pieces.
Papelbon struck out Colorado pinch-hitter Seth Smith to finish off Game 4 on Oct. 28. Papelbon threw his glove high in the air while catcher Jason Varitek tucked the ball in his back pocket.
After the game, Varitek said he planned to give the prize to the team. A few days later, he said he'd given it to Papelbon.
Instead, the relief pitcher said, Boss got hold of that doggone ball.