Jonathan Papelbon gets Carlos Ruiz with tremendous boob grab to celebrate walk-off HR

Jonathan Papelbon Carlos Ruiz grab

Sometimes when you’re celebrating a walk-off home run, you just lose it and anything can happen. There is no sense of order and nothing is out-of-bounds or off-limits during those beautiful moments of elation. And for Jonathan Papelbon, he decided to get a little touchy-feely on Wednesday night.

When Ryan Howard hit a 3-run walk-off home run for the Phillies to beat the Rockies, Pap was so excited he clutched catcher Carlos Ruiz by the meat of the young man’s chest. It was beautiful. We’ll call it a lucky Chooch boob grab.

Below is video of Howard’s big walk-off blast:

Howard now has 9 home runs and 34 RBIs on the season. Papelbon got his first win thanks to the homer, and he also racked up his first bosom clutch as well. Pretty good all-around evening for the Phils.

H/T The 700 Level

Jonathan Papelbon picking Phillies to win World Series?

Jonathan Papelbon, that guy’s a riot.

Here’s one thing he apparently said at Phillies spring training on Monday:

Jonathan PapelbonIf there’s one thing we can say about Pap, it’s that he has a good attitude. I mean what’s the point of showing up for spring training if you don’t believe your team can win the World Series?

Or maybe by “all the way,” he meant all the way to third in the NL East. Even that might be a challenge for the Phils.

Jonathan Papelbon: Phillies need to blow up their team like Red Sox did

Jonathan-Papelbon-rips-Red-SoxJonathan Papelbon has not recorded a save since July 11, and most of that has to do with how badly the Philadelphia Phillies have struggled. A 12-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday was the eighth straight for the Phillies, who have fallen out of playoff contention and appear unlikely to climb back in.

After the most recent loss, Papelbon told reporters he believes the team needs to make some drastic changes.

“I definitely didn’t come here for this,” he said, via MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. “It’s going to take, in my opinion, a lot. And in my opinion, I think it’s going to have to be something very similar to what the Red Sox went through a couple years ago. From top to bottom.”

The Boston Red Sox parted ways with their general manager, manager and several key players and now find themselves with the best record in baseball. However, it rarely works that magically. It takes a team like the Los Angeles Dodgers to take on a huge chunk of salary, which is something the Phillies would need as well.

“That’s part of the business,” Papelbon continued. “If you want to go in a different direction and I’m not a piece of that puzzle, so be it. This is a job. There are no feelings in this game. I left. Carl [Crawford] left. [Josh] Beckett left. Adrian [Gonzalez] left. Now look at them.”

Papelbon is in the second year of a four-year, $50 million contract and has not exactly been lights out, so he would be very difficult to move. The same is true for Ryan Howard and the more than $75 million he has remaining on his contract. Pap even hinted that Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. deserves to be fired.

“If I don’t do my job right, they’re going to find somebody else,” he said. “How is that different than the rest of the organization?”

Boston scored big time when it was able to get the Dodgers to take on some horrible contracts. The Phillies may be forced to simply ride it out for a while, whether Papelbon likes it or not.

Jonathan Papelbon: I could see myself returning to Red Sox

Jonathan-Papelbon-rips-Red-SoxJonathan Papelbon may be overpaid, but so are most closers. He has pitched well since signing a four-year, $50 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies after the 2011 season and has converted all nine of his save opportunities this year.

Papelbon has eight teams on his no-trade list as a part of the deal he signed with the Phillies. According to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford, one of those teams is the Boston Red Sox. That doesn’t mean Papelbon can never see himself returning to the place where he began his career.

“Yeah, I could see myself in Boston,” he told WEEI.com on Monday. “I could see myself pitching in New York. You know me. I’ve always been the kind of guy who … I don’t really just settle, or accept things. Whatever happens in my future is going to happen. I’m not blind to that fact.”

The right-hander also mentioned that he is perfectly happy in Philadelphia, so the point is simply that he wants to keep pitching for a competitive team in a big market. It should also be noted that his comments came in advance of the Phillies’ game in Boston on Monday, where Pap said he was hoping to get a warm welcome.

“Hopefully I’ll be received well, but I will also accept the fact that I might not,” he said. “But hopefully the fans understand that what I did here was come here and help win. That’s the only thing I really wanted to do here and hopefully they’ll understand when I was here that’s all I really wanted to do was help the ballclub win. And we won, and hopefully they’ll recognize that. If they don’t, I understand and I get it and I’ll welcome them with open arms.”

Red Sox fans understand Papelbon helped them win, but they also may remember the comment he made about Phillies fans being smarter. Pap kind of wore out his welcome toward the end of his career in Boston. The chances of him returning are slim to none at this point.

Jonathan Papelbon talks gun rights in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing

Jonathan-PapelbonPhiladelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon is known for being pretty loose-lipped, but he used to play for the Boston Red Sox. Because of that, reporters had to get his take on the tragic events that took place at the Boston Marathon on Monday afternoon.

Like most before him, Papelbon talked about what an awful situation it is for the victims and their families to deal with. However, he also took the opportunity to talk about player safety and gun rights.

“The Phillies did a thing the other day here for us on opening day where we walked through the crowd,” Papelbon said. “I know when I was there in Boston we came down through the bleachers for one opening game. I don’t feel comfortable doing that. I really truly don’t. Today’s day and age has gotten so crazy.

“All this stuff going on and, shoot, (Barack) Obama wants to take our guns from us and everything,” he continued. “And you’ve got this stuff going on? It’s just a little bit insane for me.”

Where should we start? First of all, Monday’s attack was not an attack on celebrities or professional athletes with a higher social standing than the rest of us. I understand Papelbon’s concern about making his way through crowds as a public figure, but the Boston Marathon bombings were an attack on the “common” people, for lack of a better term.

Secondly, professional athletes and people with a large following should be doing their best to lend support and help those affected heal as best they can — not using the event as an avenue to discuss your personal political beliefs regarding gun rights. And as a side note, how would someone with a gun have stopped what took place on Monday?

As cliche as it may sound, there is a time and a place for everything. The day after the tragedy is a time for rivals to band together and players to write heartfelt messages on their equipment. Papelbon was out of line to talk about the safety of MLB players and his views on gun laws.

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Miguel Cabrera hit a home run off Jonathan Papelbon that pretty much cleared the stadium (Video)

Miguel Cabrera home runThere are some players who don’t need a month of practice games to get prepared for the season. Miguel Cabrera is one of those guys.

The Detroit Tigers stud turned on a 1-2 fastball from Jonathan Papelbon during the top of the 5th inning Monday against the Phillies for a 3-run home run. Papelbon left the fastball up and it ran in on Cabrera, who didn’t even take a stride and just mashed it with his fast hands.

The ball cleared the bullpens beyond left field at Bright House Field in Clearwater and went over one of the food huts. Miggy already has two home runs this spring and continues to show why he’s the best hitter in baseball. This was Papelbon’s first work of the spring, so he has plenty of time to get himself ready.

Jonathan Papelbon on Phillies: ‘I haven’t seen any leadership’

Thanks in large part to unfortunate injuries, the Philadelphia Phillies had an extremely disappointing season in 2012. On paper, Philadelphia looked like the best team in the league prior to the season. With pitching that included Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels as starters and closer Jonathan Papelbon at the back end of the bullpen, the Phillies were picked by many to win it all.

What followed was an 81-81 season in which Philadelphia finished 17 games behind the NL East champion Washington Nationals. They missed the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. According to Papelbon, a lack of leadership has been an issue.

“Since I’ve been here I haven’t seen any leadership,” he told Mandy Housenick of the Allentown Morning Call (via NJ.com). “Every good team that I’ve been a part of has had a good core group of veterans and an influx of a good group of young guys and I think that’s a recipe for success. But at the same time, that doesn’t mean we’re going to have success. In my opinion, this team has way more to lose than to prove. I think a lot of guys on this team have proved a lot. But I think this year if we don’t go out and do what we’re capable of and supposed to do, then we have a lot more to lose.”

Ryan Howard played in just 71 games last season. Chase Utley was only able to play in 83. Those two guys have been the core of the Phillies’ lineup, so having them for only half a season crippled the team. Philadelphia will need better luck with injuries in 2013 to be successful. Papelbon also feels they need more guys to step up and lead the team, starting with himself.

“I felt like I could have been a little bit better leader than what I was, and I held back at some times,” the closer said.

He certainly didn’t hold it back when he was blasting the umpires, so perhaps Pap needs to do a better job of channeling his emotions. The Phillies can still be dangerous. Like any other team, they simply need some good fortune.

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