Jonathan Papelbon Just Had the Weirdest Phillies Career Ever

Papelbon through the years. Photos, from left, Howard Smith,  Steve Mitchell, H. Rumph Jr., all USA Today Sports Images

Papelbon through the years. Photos, from left, Howard Smith, Steve Mitchell, H. Rumph Jr., all USA Today Sports Images

When a sports team, whether in Philadelphia or elsewhere, makes a high-profile acquisition and it fails, it’s usually for one of a few common reasons. Maybe the player arrives on his new team and is obviously past his prime. Maybe he was never that good to begin with and the team misjudged him. Maybe he gets injured and is never the same again. Maybe there’s a PED bust, a scandal, an arrest or some other embarrassing off-the-field incident. Maybe he just can’t hack it in his new city.

Jonathan Papelbon’s tenure with the Phillies, which came to an end Tuesday when he was traded to the Washington Nationals, was unique in that it looks absolutely nothing like any other failed signing in the history of Philadelphia sports. Read more »

Jonathan Papelbon to Phillies: “Shit or Get Off the Pot”

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Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon argues with Umpire Joe West after being ejected from the game against the Miami Marlins in the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 14th, 2014.

For the umpteenth time in recent memory, Jonathan Papelbon had some strong words for Phillies management. “Shit or get off the pot,” the closer remarked at an MLB All-Star Game press conference. Read more »

Sold: Jonathan Papelbon’s 1706 Rittenhouse Condo Snags Over $6 Million

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Images by TREND via BHHS Fox & Roach, Center City-Rittenhouse Hotel

Man, the hot stove for Phillies real estate news is burning higher and hotter than the actual trade rumors at this point. Former manager Ryne Sandberg just listed his luxury condo at The Beaumont in Old City and now comes word that current (and soon-to-be-former?) Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon has sold his 15th floor pad at 1706 Rittenhouse.

According to Redfin, the sale closed on June 29 and the Papelbon’s got $6.2 million for their home, which features a private elevator entrance, gas fireplace, a smart home system, a large fish tank and a ton of extras. You might recall that this is the second-ever resale of a unit at 1706 Rittenhouse. The first took place in late May, as the classy unit at 1901 traded for $7.1 million. At the time, Papelbon’s home was listed as pending, and Realtor Kelly Pendino Betley of BHHS Fox & Roach told us that “he got close to asking,” which was $6.4 million.

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Believe the Hype: First Resale at 1706 Rittenhouse Tops $7 Million Mark

Jonathan Papelbon's Living Room | Photos: TREND via Realtor.com

Jonathan Papelbon’s Living Room in 1706 Rittenhouse | Photos: TREND via Realtor.com

It looks like those early buyers at 1706 Rittenhouse are starting to see the value in their investment. The first resale of a unit in the luxury building recently closed on May 21 for a whopping $7.14 million, according to Zillow. City records show that unit 1901 was purchased in 2011 for $4.825 million. Yeah, we’d say that’s a pretty good return.

We know what you’re saying, it’s only one sale. Well, remember Jonathan Papelbon’s pad that recently chopped $500,000 off its asking price? There is some news on that front as well. Read more »

Sign of a Deal? Jonathan Papelbon Strikes $500,000 Off of His Luxury Condo

Jonathan Papelbon's Living Room | Photos: TREND via Realtor.com

Jonathan Papelbon’s Living Room | Photos: TREND via Realtor.com

Few things fuel baseball’s hot stove faster than a player listing his home in the market where he plays. It’s interesting that, mere hours after reports start to circulate that Jonathan Papelbon could be heading back to the Boston Red Sox, his condo at 1706 Rittenhouse is now back on the market and priced aggressively to sell. When we say aggressively, we mean $500,000 cheaper than Cliff Lee’s, which is on the 20th floor.

Originally listed back in December for a hair under $7 million, Papelbon is now seeking $6,400,000 for the luxury condo that boasts terrific views, a private elevator and an unbeatable location. Custom features include Read more »

Jonathan Papelbon Doesn’t “Feel Much Like a Phillie” — But Why Would He?

Jonathan Papelbon, Joe West

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon argues with Umpire Joe West after being ejected from the game against the Miami Marlins in the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 14th, 2014.

Jonathan Papelbon does not feel all that much like a Phillie.

The Phillies closer told the Boston Globe this before yesterday’s game against the Red Sox. “The Red Sox are a part of who I am, man,” he told the paper. “I don’t really feel much like a Phillie. … Boston’s where I was born and raised. It’s kind of like that, you know. It’s the city you were born and raised in.” He also said “that time has come and gone” for him to be embraced by the Phillies fanbase.

After he picked up a four-out save in the Phillies 4-2 win last night, Papelbon gave an excellent, somewhat bizarre postgame interview where he talked about horses and money. Read more »

Jonathan Papelbon’s $7M Rittenhouse Condo for Sale

TREND photo via Redfin

TREND photo via Redfin

Despite the lack of interest from other teams, Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon is apparently optimistic about being traded. He’s put his unit at the ultraluxury 1706 Rittenhouse on the market and has Kelly Pendino Betley, a realtor who works with athletes like LeSean McCoy, Cliff Lee and Mark Streit, handling the property.

All the units at 1706 are full-floor units with terraces that have fantastic views. Private elevators lead directly into the units, and there’s an automated parking system that allows residents to swipe a fob on the way down and have their car waiting when they get to the lobby.

Papelbon (or his contract, to put it more humanely) has reportedly been priced “prohibitively” by Ruben Amaro. This luxury unit is priced high as well, but is not surprising in Philadelphia’s most expensive building.

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Jonathan Papelbon Suspended 7 Games for Grabbing Crotch

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon argues with Umpire Joe West after being ejected from the game against the Miami Marlins in the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Marlins won 5-4.

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Jonathan Papelbon argues with Umpire Joe West after being ejected from the game against the Miami Marlins in the ninth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Philadelphia. The Marlins won 5-4.

Yesterday, we we told you about Jonathan Papelbon’s ejection for grabbing his crotch as he walked off the field after blowing a save. On Tuesday, MLB suspended Papelbon seven games for the incident.

Officially, the suspension was also for making contact with umpire Joe West after West ejected Papelbon for grabbing his crotch as he walked off the field. Papelbon won’t appeal his suspension, and will get a weeklong vacation from what could be a 90-loss team.

It’s quite easy to note how long Papelbon’s suspension is, compared to other MLB bans. Intentionally throwing at a player gets you about four games. Domestic abusers are rarely punished. Ditto DUIs. It’s kind of hilarious. Seven games for grabbing his crotch!

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Phillies’ Jonathan Papelbon Ejected After Blowing Save, Grabbing Crotch

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Jonathan Papelbon gave up four runs in the top of the ninth inning, blowing his fourth save of the year in the Phillies’ 5-4 loss to the Marlins. Papelbon has actually been pretty good for the Phillies this year — he’s saved 37 games, and is having his best year of his three seasons with the Phillies — but was booed as he walked off the field after surrendering a three-run lead.

This is when things got interesting. As you can tell from the back page of Monday’s Daily News, Papelbon grabbed his crotch as he left the field. Was it directed at the crowd? Papelbon said afterward it wasn’t: The umpire “basically came over and said that I did an inappropriate gesture and I had no clue what he was talking about,” Papelbon told reporters afterward.

That ump, Joe West, saw otherwise. “The whole thing started because the fans booed him, and he made an obscene gesture,” West told a pool reporter. “He had no business doing that. He’s got to be more professional than that. And that’s why he was ejected.”

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