You Will Dislike Jon Papelbon Even More After Reading This Quote

Nothing is his fault.

We want athletes to be clutch, to perform best when the pressure’s on. But we don’t want them to be terrible when the pressure is off either. Enter this quote, from Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon:

Asked about his recent velocity dip, Papelbon said, “When it’s a day game in New York and you’re 12 games behind, that dial ain’t really turned up. That ain’t really how I go.”

Oh, so it’s your teammates’ fault, now? Maybe you shouldn’t have blown seven saves last year, big guy. That said, the fact that he watched Dora the Explorer all off-season with his daughter might just make up for the quote. [Inquirer]