There’s nothing that Philadelphia sports fans like more than trolling a player they used to root for, especially if that player left under less-than-ideal circumstances. (In the last 30 years or so, this is basically the set of every former Phillies player except for Geoff Jenkins — who won the 2008 World Series with the Phillies and never played another major league game.)
That being said, Philly fans really like to stick it to a guy who had an incredibly weird career in Philadelphia, one that included grabbing his crotch when fans booed him and ended with a trade to a division rival. Yes, you can vote today to give Jonathan Papelbon a bobblehead at the Washington Nationals’ home game on September 9th. Read more »
Washington Nationals relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon after being ejected form the game for hitting Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado (not pictured) with a pitch in a September 23rd game.
Jonathan Papelbon is at the height of Wildwood boardwalk fashion.
The former Phillies closer was traded to the Washington Nationals in July of last year, was disappointing as the team’s new closer, then got into a dugout fight with NL MVP Bryce Harper late in the season.
He’s still the Nationals’ closer for the 2016 season. And at the start of spring training last week, Papelbon held a press conference apologizing for his role in the fight with Harper last year. “I was in the wrong,” he said.
But, according to Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post, Papelbon had an idea for a shirt he’d wear to the press conference: One with cut-off sleeves that read, “Obama can’t ban these guns.” Read more »
It’s been a wacky summer for former Phillies closer, Jonathan Papelbon. He got his wish once the Phillies traded him to the Washington Nationals in July. He also made out quite handsomely with the sale of his condo at 1706 Rittenhouse–the second-ever resale in the posh building.
Then it all went sour–and quickly. The Nationals fizzled during the back half of the season, ultimately missing the playoffs, and the outspoken Papelbon got into a hefty dugout dust-up with superstar outfielder Bryce Harper. He’s been suspended for the season, leaving his future in Washington D.C. in some doubt.
Which brings us to an interesting bit of news. Daniel J. Sernovitz of the Washington Business Journal reports that Papelbon has purchased this 5-bedroom home in Belle Haven, Virginia for $2.9 million. It’s just south of Alexandria, Virginia and about a 20 minute ride from Nationals Park. Sernovitz says that the Nationals “would still have to pay the pitcher $11 million” should they cut ties with the 34-year-old closer.
- Suspended Nationals closer Papelbon pays $2.9 million for a D.C.-area home [Washington Business Journal]
— Allen Schatz (@raschatz) September 27, 2015
With just a few games left in the season, the Phillies have the worst record in baseball and appear headed to 100 losses. This weekend, they’re in D.C. playing the Nationals, who once looked headed to the playoffs but will finish second in the NL East behind the Mets.
The Nats have former Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon, who was sent to Washington in a trade on July 28th for minor leaguer Nick Pivetta. During today’s game against the Phillies, Papelbon got into an argument with Bryce Harper.
Then, they fought. Read more »
The most important thing to know about yesterday’s Phillies game is this: It was played on the one-year anniversary of Jonathan Papelbon’s crotch-grabbing incident. As coincidence would have it, the Washington Nationals (who the Phillies traded Papelbon to in July) were in town last night. It was Papelbon’s first time back at Citizens Bank Park since the trade.
He gave a media availability in the afternoon, where he said he was one of the few players on the Phillies interested in winning. “I think the blame goes all the way from the front office all the way down to the bat boy,” Papelbon told reporters. “When you don’t have an organization that wants to win, it’s pretty evident, and they go out and publicly say, we’re not going to win. So what more, you know what I mean?” Read more »
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 »
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.
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.