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Philadelphia Fans Really Are Not Fond of Jonathan Papelbon

Aug 7, 2013, 11:41 AM EDT


The Phillies finally found a team they could beat on Tuesday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Thanks, Chicago Cubs.

It was a fairly entertaining albeit ugly game too. Darin Ruf attempted and failed to leg out a triple but later smashed a homer to make up for it which was fun for the South Philadelphia faithful. Chase Utley was a few steps away from attempting the uber exciting inside-the-park home run but there were no outs so Ryne Sandberg wisely held him up. Chooch even bashed an ever-elusive home run.

But the Phillies did not make it easy on themselves. They carried a fairly comfortable 4 run lead into the ninth inning when they brought in expensive closer Jonathan Papelbon to get the game over with.

Papelbon proceeded to give up a pair of hits before striking out two and seemingly putting the game on ice. Then Nate Schierholtz continued his revenge and Dom Brown muffed a fly ball and the Cubs had the tying run in scoring position just like that.

Throughout all of this ugly ninth inning the CBP crowd was letting Papelbon hear it. Boos were flowing freely and I swear some people in my section were openly rooting for the guy to blow the game just so they could hate him even more.

So my question is this: Do Phillies fans dislike Papelbon so much because he’s getting paid so lucratively and performing so mediocre? Or do they dislike him so much because of his choice of words?

Either way, it was a bizarre scene watching the Phillies get a tight victory on Tuesday night and seeing some fans leave almost disappointed in the result.

  1. thoughtsontherightwingmedia - Aug 7, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Personally, I boo him because of his “Obama is coming for your guns” line.

    • USAUSAUSAUSA - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      I think you’re both pretty pathetic. Pap on the mound, and you in the voting booth.

    • Barry O. - Aug 7, 2013 at 6:46 PM

      Thank you for your support young cracker. We must stand up against people who seek to destroy what America is all about.

      • Michelle O. - Aug 8, 2013 at 12:02 AM

        B, you forgot his taxes paying for my vacation to swat biplanes from the Empire State Building.

  2. Jay - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    I couldn’t care less how much the guy gets paid. That’s all on Ruben. Who in their right mind would turn down a huge contract? I don’t like any guy who makes comments about “not coming here for this” and then proceeds to put out one horrendous performance after another.

    • mykhuis - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      What Jay said. I hated him throwing his teammates under the bus.

  3. Brian - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    I hated Papelbonehead when he was pitching well. I don’t care about the money he makes.

    I can’t stand him because he’s a braindead hayseed with a big stupid mouth…

  4. hitnrun - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    All of the above?

    • Steve - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      Yeah, this. Plus, you can add his stupid, fake tough guy stare down thing that he does that intimidates nobody.

  5. rrl121 - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    We didnt bring him here FOR THIS

  6. Jay D - Aug 7, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Well yea…we dislike him because the phils suck, he is doing awful and he’s running his mouth….

    but as we are Philly fans, we have to act violent, vulgar, rash, tough, etc…..because that’s our reputation we have to uphold… (sadly enough, a lot of people feel this way)

    Ammaro is the one to blame here

  7. Pete D - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    I never liked him in Boston, and wasn’t thrilled with the signing let alone the contract when he came here. Last year and most of this year he was quite good. However the “I didn’t come here for this, but there’s nothing wrong with my performance” piece, he held everyone accountable except himself.

  8. Danny - Aug 7, 2013 at 1:43 PM

    It’s simple. He opened his mouth and, if you’re gonna do that, you’d better perform. While it’s true that he has blown entirely too many saves for his salary, that’s not the reason he’s getting booed. Look at Ryan Howard. I think it’s clear to everyone that his salary far outweighs his contribution, but I don’t think he’d be booed like Papsmear. Oh, sorry, I mean Cinco Ocho.

  9. Mostel - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    I boo because:

    - he should have been traded for major compensation
    - he is probably pitching hurt because Ruben is a liar and destroys guys careers by making them play through minor injuries that turn major (Lidge 09, Howard “sore heel” 2011)
    - he was pitching great until Charlie ruined him by underusing him for two months then pitching him 4 times in 3 nights (or something ridiculous like that) in June when he blew all of those saves in a row.

    Either way


    - I want him traded from top compensation or I’m still booing everybody involved. RESTOCK THE SYSTEM!

    • galasso2586 - Aug 7, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      They were trying to trade him, but NOBODY wants him and his contract. He’s getting paid too much for his skill set right now. His velocity is declining and he’s blowing saves. If the Phillies end up trading him it won’t be for top compensation in your mind. We may get a prospect and a pick for him if we’re lucky.

      • Mostel - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:19 PM

        That is only the case because Charlie / Ruben hurt his arm. Prior to that overuse in early June, Pap would have fetched a better price. Mark my words, he’s injured and being denied proper treatment.

      • willh888 - Aug 7, 2013 at 8:20 PM

        If Papelbon isn’t used in a critical situation because he pitched the previous two days, you have an equal amount of whiners shouting Charlie used him wrong.

  10. bct2000 - Aug 7, 2013 at 7:50 PM

    Papelbon just seems to be a very self-centered, egotistical player. That kind of player will never be popular in Philly, regardless of what stats he puts up. When someone like that then has a bad performance, the fans are really going to come down on him.


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