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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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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The Phillies got a bright spot in their lost season.
Four Phillies pitchers — Cole Hamels, Jake Diekman, Ken Giles and Jonathan Papelbon — held the Atlanta Braves hitless for nine innings in the Phils’ 7–0 win. It was the first combined no-hitter in the Phillies’ history, and the team’s first since Roy Halladay threw one against the Reds in the 2010 National League Division Series.
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Although the Phillies have just taken three in a row from the Milwaukee Brewers, the team with the best record in the National League, they’re still way back in the standings. At 40-51, the Phillies’ playoff odds are less than one percent. And closer Jonathan Papelbon, who saved last night’s win, says he’s ready to move on to another team.
Papelbon has been quite good this season. After a slightly down 2013, Papelbon has has allowed just five earned runs, has walked just nine guys and has the best WHIP (walks plus hits per inning pitched) of his Phillies career. He hasn’t even given up a homer! With the Phillies out of it, a reporter asked him post-game if he hoped his performance would lead to a trade to a contender.
“Of course, man,” he replied. “What kind of question is that?” Papelbon is apparently as tired of watching the Phillies as many Philadelphia fans are.
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The Phillies rallied from a run down in the ninth to beat the Rockies on Wednesday night, and the way they did it was just fantastic: Chase Utley stroked a two-out single to tie the game at 3, and Ryan Howard followed with a three-run game-ending home run.
It was the kind of thing the 23-27 Phillies haven’t done much of this year—they’re only 11-15 at home. But what was great was the way Ben Revere high-stepped it to home plate after Howard’s walkoff.
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Last year we had Hunter Pence and his now famous proclamation, “good game, now let’s go eat.” Last night, an apron wearing Cole Hamels hosted a true food lovers private dinner prepared by Philly’s own Top Chef contestant Jennifer Carroll. In HughE Dillon’s recap of the five-course dinner party, Dillon got Jonathan Papelbon’s recipe for Duck Poppers; fried duck wrapped in bacon and stuffed with cheese and hot peppers.
Yesterday was also a good food day for the aforementioned Hunter Pence, Pence tweeted that he was “getting acquainted with the awesomeness of Philly foods at DiBruno Bros.”
Hopefully all this good food gets the Phillies bats going.
Cole & Heidi Hamels Host a Dinner Party [Philly Post]