Posts for papelbon

Old Schmidt Yells at Cloud: Mike Schmidt and Jonathan Papelbon Hate the New Pitch Clock

Jim Adair - March 16, 2015

"Grumble." Photo Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Dealing with the pace of play has been a huge issue for Major League Baseball. Bud Selig’s successor Rob Manfred takes over just as game times are expanding and pace of play rules are finally being experimented with. Though Manfred says the rules haven’t been put to use long enough to see if they actually work, it seems the batter’s box rule and the pitch clock are gaining traction. And nothing angers old-time ballplayers like something that smells even remotely new.

Mike Schmidt, of course, is not okay with the pitch clock. For one, he thinks it’s not worth implementing because the time it takes off the game is negligible. He also argues, fairly, that penalizing batters for stepping out of the batters box could mess with their routine and rhythm. That’s fine, but Schmidt loses me when he worries about the poor, poor sponsors and vendors:

“The other change won’t offer much time savings, but might anger some sponsors as fans will rush from the concession areas in order to not miss a pitch.”

I don’t think anyone, especially at Citizens Bank Park, is rushing out of lines to get back to their seats. But there’s another person who hates mostly everything these new rules– slow-ass pitcher Jonathan Papelbon. According to Paps, he was told the pace of play stuff was the “Jonathan Papelbon Rule,” since he always takes so long to stare down his opponents like a self-indulgent jackass. As always, though, Paps has his eye on the biggest prize:

“You can’t win an Academy Award for an hour and 10 minute movie.”

For what it’s worth, 1955’s “Marty” is the shortest Best Picture winner, with a runtime of 1 hour and 30 minutes. Last year’s baseball games averaged a runtime of about 3 hours and 10 minutes— about ten minutes shorter than “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” and “Titanic.” So yeah, you can’t win an Academy Award for an hour and 10 minute movie. But just remember next time the Phillies are making a pitching change in the 7th inning, the boat hasn’t even sunk yet… at least in the movie.

Papelbon Says if he Meant to Insult the Fans, He Would Have Done More than a Little “Umph with the Pants”

Jim Adair - September 25, 2014

Photo Source: AP

Photo Source: AP

Last night, Jonathan Papelbon’s seven game suspension ended and he was able to rejoin the team. So of course, Pap was asked about his famous re-adjustment (seen above, in almost too good of a picture), and he’s still claiming all he was doing was putting things in the right place. Papelbon told reporters, “I did it because I needed a re-adjustment.” He said he didn’t appeal his suspension, because he didn’t want it to carry over into next season when he’s pitching for [insert team name here]. Papelbon continued:

“Like I said earlier, if I really, really wanted to do something back (to the fans) it would have been more than just a little umph with the pants, you know what I mean? People are going to take it for what they want, you know what I mean?”

I get it. There are worse things that Paps could have done, such as actually whipping his dick out or going back out and facing another batter.

Other than that, Paps, how has the season been? “It’s been boring. It’s been aggravating and monotonous.” Oh no. I didn’t think I’d ever say this, but I completely agree with Jonathan Papelbon.

Jonathan Papelbon Hath Seen No Leaders

Kyle Scott - February 21, 2013

image from

Somewhere, Jimmy Rollins just made a big frowny face.

Speaking yesterday to Mandy Housenick of the Allentown Morning Call, Jonathan Papelbon gave us our first real memorable quote – for better or worse – of the 2013 season:

“Since I've been here I haven't seen any leadership.”

“Every good team that I've been a part of has had a good core group of veterans and an influx of a good group of young guys and I think that's a recipe for success. But at the same time, that doesn't mean we're going to have success. In my opinion, this team has way more to lose than to prove. I think a lot of guys on this team have proved a lot. But I think this year if we don't go out and do what we're capable [of] and supposed to do, then we have a lot more to lose.”


Well, he’s not wrong.

I wasn’t a huge fan of the Papelbon signing, but he surprised me last year. He was one of the few guys on the team you could count on to do his job, and do it well. His intensity wasn’t just some shtick (what it seemed like in Boston). Rather, it was a genuine disdain for losing not winning (those things are different). Without being too cliché, he seemed to take great pride in his craft. But while there are many things for which you can criticize the (2012) Phillies – chasing bad balls, poor fielding, bad bullpen – leadership, on a team with Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Roy Halladay et. al, isn’t on the top of most people's lists.

Papelbon didn’t put all of the blame on others, however:

“I felt like I could have been a little bit better leader than what I was, and I held back at some times. Hindsight's 20-20.”


Good stuff from Housenick, who has more quotes on the matter from Halladay and Charlie Manuel.

Jonathan Papelbon Speaks About Using Controversial Anti-Inflammatory in Boston

Kyle Scott - February 11, 2013

image from

Jonathan Papelbon was happy to about the Red Sox's (legal) drug policies. Speaking to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, Papelbon said that, as a member of the Red Sox, he frequently took Toradol, a legal but controversial anti-inflammatory that has been known to cause internal bleeding: []

Papelbon said that when he was administered a physical by the Philadelphia Phillies prior to signing as a free agent after the 2011 season, doctors asked him if he used Toradol. When he answered in the affirmative, he was told that he would have to stop.

"They told me, 'We don't do that here.' That kind of surprised me," Papelbon said Saturday, speaking by phone from Phillies camp in Clearwater, Fla. "I haven't had a single Toradol shot since.

"But here's the thing you have to understand. There are so many organizations that do it. Not only baseball, but every sport. Football, basketball, hockey. It's not just the Red Sox."


We don’t do that here. I like that.

Papelbon, who said that he used the pain-killer maybe once a month, as needed, was one of many notable users of Toradol, according to the article– Clay Bucholtz, R.A. Dickey, NFL players and others have enjoyed its benefits. Or suffered from its side effects. Bucholtz says it probably contribued to the esophogitis that hospitalized him last year.

Papelbon’s claim comes just days after Curt Schilling said that, in 2008, he was told by a member of the Red Sox organization that performance-enhancing drugs were an option for him to aid in his recovery from a shoulder injury.

You get the sense that Paps – and Schilling – was eager to throw the Red Sox under the bus a little bit, especially once you see this parting shot in the article:

Papelbon said he is happy in Philadelphia and doesn't miss Toradol.

"They use safer anti-inflammatories here, have other ways to keep you strong," he said.


Read: Papelbon says he took Toadol while with the Red Sox

The Phillies Won a Game Last Night and Jonathan Papelbon’s Post-Game Interview was Awesome

Kyle Scott - August 19, 2012

Screen Shot 2012-08-19 at 9.44.37 AM

After recording a much-needed four-out save last night, not even Gregg Murphy’s softballs, lobbed across the interview plate at about six miles per hour, could bring Cinco Ocho back to reality. Those eyes, man.

Video after the jump.

Continue Reading

Continue Reading

Winning Streak

Kyle Scott - July 24, 2012


UPDATE: Jonathan Papelbon Prevents Fan From Dismembering Every Single Phillies Reliever (Now With Video!)

Kyle Scott - July 8, 2012

Screen Shot 2012-07-08 at 9.43.45 AM
Photo via the best, or worst, Twitter handle ever, (@moo4KOW)

Hey, here’s something!(?) Who’s with me?!

looks around, no one… oh, you, a 33-year-old legal clerk who watches Phillies games from his man cave in his mom’s South Philly basement.. alright! welcome! – 

The crowning of achievement of the 2012 Phillies season happened last night: Jonathan Papelbon stepped up big time in the seventh inning when a fan tried to climb into the Phillies bullpen, presumably to suicide-bomb Antonio Bastardo.

The above picture is the only one that exits (or, that we can find), but there were numerous accounts of the incident, which is surprising, because I would have assumed that most folks threw in the towel by that point in the game.

Here’s one version of how it happened, from Tom Dabomb Jackson on Facbeook:

went to the phils game tonight with my brother and my father who i haven't hung out with in almost 15 yrs, they lost but i had an awsome time!!! saw a fan try to jump into the phillies bull-pen right in front of my seat and Jonathan Papelbon put him in a head lock!!!!! that shit was wild! ……..and then Jeremy Horst threw me the ball he was warming up with right before he went into the game!!!! WHAT A GAME!!! AND I WAS SOBER!!



Anyway, were you at the game? Had you not slit your wrists before the seventh inning? Have pictures? Video? Evidence that there are live bodies in the Phillies’ bullpen? Let us know!

UPDATE: (@kevinpmcw) sends along somewhat grainy video. You can view it after the jump.

Continue Reading

Continue Reading

GIF Thome to Papelbon: “I Want That Check!” and Larry Andersen Pretty Much Calls The Shot

Kyle Scott - June 24, 2012

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.

Continue Reading

Continue Reading