Jonathan Papelbon is notorious for his inability to close big games.
Now apparently he can’t close his big mouth, either.
According to this ESPN article, as well as several other sources, Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon had this to say on MLB Network Radio today in regards to the possibility of Yasiel Puig being an All Star.
“To me, it’s an absolute joke. It’s really kind of stupid if you ask me.”
We have to wonder if Papelbon remembered blowing the last game of the 2011 season, allowing the Baltimore Orioles to score two runs in the bottom of the ninth with a two out rally that was capped by an RBI single by Robert Andino.
Apparently this inability to deliver in the clutch must have slipped Papelbon’s mind, further proof that closers must have a bad short-term (and apparently long term) memory to do their jobs, apparently, because Papelbon followed up this final blown save that capped the Red Sox’ epic 2011 collapse out of the playoff race by signing a four year, $50 million contract to be the Phillies closer.
So far, in 1 1/2 seasons with the Phillies, it hasn’t mattered much if Papelbon has blown big saves or not as the team hasn’t been in serious playoff contention anyway.
However, we have to say that if Papelbon wants to call Puig’s All Star potential an “absolute joke,” he should look in the mirror and come to grips with his performance in that final game of the 2011 season first and ask himself what the definition of an absolute joke is.
He should also consider himself lucky that he did not have to face Puig in the Dodgers’ recent weekend four game series against Papelbon’s Phillies.
As for Puig, his .436/7/16 line that included 44 hits in 101 at bats, the second-most for a player in their first month in major league history behind only Joe DiMaggio (who had 48 hits in his first full month in the Major Leagues in 1936,) deserves recognition and since Giants manager Bruce Bochy has indicated that he has no intention of bringing Puig on as a reserve, it would seem logical that Major League Baseball put Puig on the ballot for Major League Baseball’s Final Vote.
Whether you believe Puig is All Star-worthy or not, there is no denying that his first month was something special and about as rare a start as any we’ve seen in the history of the game. Puig’s candidacy should be put to the fans. With the infusion of energy and offense that Puig has contributed to the Dodgers over the past month, he should at least be given that opportunity.
As for absolute jokes, well, here’s a reminder for Jonathan Papelbon about what an “absolute joke” is.
- Jonathan Papelbon on Yasiel Puig making the All-Star team: “it’s an absolute joke. It’s really kind of stupid” (hardballtalk.nbcsports.com)