Jonathan Papelbon Annoyed His Teammates With Pro-Trump Music

The trade of Papelbon is shaping up to be a great move for the Phillies.

The Phillies may have made one of the best trades in franchise history last year.

Okay, that’s a bit much. But the deal that sent Jonathan Papelbon to the Washington Nationals for Nick Pivetta is looking like a winner. Pivetta had a 3.41 ERA with the Reading Fightin Phils this season before getting called up to AAA Lehigh Valley recently, while Papelbon was recently released.

Papelbon requested his release from the team; he was no longer its closer. But his whole tenure with the Nationals was a disaster. Last season, he choked out star Bryce Harper in the dugout. He was booed at the home opener.

And, per the Washington Post’s Dan Steinberg, he played hilariously bad pro-Donald Trump music in the clubhouse.

Now maybe players don’t, or shouldn’t, care whether the home fans like them. If a Nationals player did care, though, he probably wouldn’t have wanted to wear a T-shirt reading “Obama can’t ban these guns” to his let’s-make-amends spring training news conference. Nor would he have, on multiple occasions, played a political anthem while reporters were inside the Nats clubhouse.

The ditty was called “Vote For Trump,” and it included promises that “the wall will get built by Mexico” and that Trump would “bring back country [and] get rid of rap,” also noting that “if you don’t like it you can all just kiss our ass.”

Now Papelbon is a free agent, and may end up on a contender again! Hopefully it’s for a team the Phillies still have games against so they can beat him again.

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