The Jonathan Papelbon era continues to progress nicely.
In response to Howard Eskin’s claim that Papelbon was unavailable to pitch against the Mets last Sunday because he was, for lack of a better description, hungover, Papelbon’s wife, Ashley, took to Twitter because 2014:
It’s hard to tell what Eskin meant by that last Tweet, but I think he may have been trying to gloss over the fact that he might’ve been wrong (again) by downplaying the importance of his report. And as I pointed out last week, Ashley and her daughter were in NY with Jacoby Ellsbury’s wife, making a late night for Papelbon at least somewhat more unlikely. Whatever the case, Papelbon didn’t pitch last Sunday and the Phils lost and now we’re all over it.
On a somewhat related note, a tipster emailed me today and said that Papelbon won’t attend the Phillies Phestival tonight due to a “family commitment” and that big-ticket names (…) Jonathan Pettitbone and Jesse Biddle will fill in for him. A Tweet from Frank over at Philliedelphia says the same thing.
Maybe Paps participated in a ring toss this afternoon and is too worn out to sign some ‘graphs?