After blowing his first save of the season, Jonathan Papelbon told his teammates that if someone walked it off, he would pay them $5,000. Thome did. And Papelbon paid up. Or at least he said he did.
“I came in the clubhouse and I said, whoever walks this guy off, I’ll give them five grand. I didn’t think Jim would do it right off the bat. Not that he needs the money. But…”
Is that something you pay up on?
“Yeah, I just wrote him a check for $5,000.”
That’s a good story and all, but Thome denies any money changed hands:
Someone’s lying, or Paps hadn't yet handed over the check. We'll keep you updated.