Jonathan Papelbon crotch grab on Philly Daily News back page

Jonathan Papelbon crotch newspaper

Just in case there were any doubt about whether or not Jonathan Papelbon made a deliberate crotch grab towards the fans who were booing him, the Philadelphia Daily News ends the argument.

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I don’t know anyone who gets that wide and low in their stance to adjust themselves. Just saying …

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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

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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