GIF Thome to Papelbon: “I Want That Check!” and Larry Andersen Pretty Much Calls The Shot
As we told you last night, Jonathan Papelbon offered $5,000 to anyone who could bail him out of his first blown save of the season by walking it off in the bottom of the ninth. Enter Jim Thome, who hit his 13th career walk-off home run, the most ever in the Major Leagues (previously, he was tied with Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Stan Musial, Frank Robinson, and Mickey Mantle, with 12).*

Two items of note: Larry Andersen all but called Thome’s shot just moments before he hit it, saying, “It'd be a nice time for Gentleman Jim to go yard.” 

He did just that. And, as noticed by several Phillies writers, when Thome was greeted by his teammates at home plate, he turned to Papelbon and said, “I want that check!”


It’s still unclear if Thome received the check or not (we’ll likely hear more about it today), but it was clearly on his mind as he touched home plate.

Listen to LA’s soothsaying after the jump.

*Thanks to our friends from Hardball Talk for that stat.


  1. Great stuff. Can’t help but smile. Thanks for posting.

  2. Thome’s a Beast. Couldn’t of happened to a nicer guy. Papelbon better have paid out cause with his contract $5000 is chump change.

  3. Johnny pancakes

    June 24, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Ahh, something to be positive about Kyle!
    LA and franske NEED to be on TV.

  4. The most interesting Phillies fan on Earth

    June 24, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    Harball times Kyle. Not Hardball talk. Thome mashes taters, it’s what he does.

  5. I was at the game today and asked pap if he took the check while he was out in the bullpen, he said he did.

  6. this is a gutless baseball team with nothing but garbage in the bullpen

  7. Doug from Grillers

    June 25, 2012 at 10:05 am

    phils are cooked like this site

  8. I was at the game today and asked pap if he took the check while he was out in the bullpen, he said he did.

  9. GOD I miss Watching Papelbon blowing the games to the Yankees, It was the best when A-Rod would get a Game Winning or walk off Home Run against Him and watching that stupid ass face he would make. Good times those were. Even though I hate the Sox’s I am so so happy to see him is stuck in shit hole like Philly. HA HA Poor Paps
    PS- How does Philly think Cole Hamels will look in pinstripes next Year ? I think Good it fits him well

  10. Did you guys see Thome shooting up that DECA/Winstrol Stack into his ass in the dugout before this Walk Off ? I Did :)

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