I got accused the other day of being obsessed about Papelbon – but this is too newsworthy to pass up. Jonathan Papelbon has had a heckuva September. First he blasts his former teammates in Philadelphia (and, curiously, the bat boy). Then he goes Rogue and plunks Manny Machado. And now this.
In the 8th inning of a tie game, Bryce Harper popped out and trotted to 1st base. Apparently Paps didn’t like that and twice shouted at Harper “run it out” as he came back to the dugout. Harper could be heard saying “Really? F*ck you, bro”. A few more word were exchanged, after which Papelbon grabbed Harper by the throat and forced him against the dugout wall.
So…..League MVP and franchise corner stone vs. newcomer with a mouth who was on thin ice to begin with after the Machado incident. And the big mouth initiates contact. Smart.
Hat tip to @indaburg, here is the video. Also, Matt Williams was very tight lipped annnoyed in his post game, would only say testosterone was flowing, and they would handle it internally.
Andres Bolanco removes any doubt that the Phillies are happy Paps is gone