The Phils won last night despite Jonathan Papelbon’s best efforts to blow the game by overthrowing a pickoff attempt and putting the tying run on third with one out in the ninth. He was bailed out by Jeff Francoeur, who caught a fly ball in right and threw out the would-be tying run at home. Game over. Phils win. Papelbon becomes the Phillies’ all-time saves leader.
After the game, Papelbon thanked Francoeur (I really hate writing those two names as members of the Phillies) with a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label. Jim Salisbury, also a fan of putting fine stuff in his mouth, with the words:
So what did Papelbon have for Jeff Francoeur after the strong-armed rightfielder made the play of the game to wrap up the closer’s record-setting 113th save with the Phillies on Wednesday night?
“I’ve got something special for Frenchy,” Papelbon said.
A few minutes later, Francoeur was standing in front of his locker, talking about his game-ending throw (see game recap). Surely it would earn him dinner from Papelbon, maybe a nice Porterhouse.
Out of nowhere, Papelbon tiptoed from across the clubhouse and stuck a bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label in Francoeur’s locker. They say the stuff is expensive.
“That’s even better than a Porterhouse,” Francoeur said with a smile.
Depends where the Porterhouse is from.
So congrats to Papelbon on becoming the Phillies’ all-time saves leader. The Phillies are 12-23.