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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Jonathan Papelbon ejected for crotch grab at fans (Video)

Jonathan Papelbon was ejected from Sunday’s Phillies-Marlins game after doing a crotch grab gesture to the fans following his blown save.

Papelbon entered with a 4-1 lead but allowed four runs to surrender the lead. As he was walking towards the dugout after recording the final out of the inning, he reacted to boos from the fans by adjusting his crotch. Umpire Joe West saw it and tossed Papelbon, who came out and argued with him.

Jonathan Papelbon Joe West

Though Papelbon’s gesture was out of line, so was West’s behavior. West got physical with Papelbon and forcibly moved the player out of his way. That is not at all how umpires should act and he should face discipline, too.

Jonathan Papelbon crotch grab

Papelbon denied doing a crotch grab at the fans:

This picture is pretty telling:

Photo: Twitter/Jeff Skversky; Video via Crossing Broad

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