• Papelbon Says NYC Rude To His Wife

    Posted by on July 16th, 2008 · Comments (19)

    So, now, Jonathan Papelbon is saying that his pregnant wife, Ashley, didn’t feel safe riding in the red carpet parade for the All-Star Game (on Sixth Avenue) because they were showered with insults from fans along the route.

    Pull-ease.

    Toss out whether or not the media set up “Papelbum” and he was wrongly put in the crosshairs for his recent remarks about who gets to close the All-Star game.

    The fact of the matter is that Papelbon has a history of being a horse’s buttock who is just annoying to fans of teams not called the Boston Red Sox.

    Do you think that, if this parade had been in Boston, and Alex Rodriguez had his daughters in the car with him, or, Derek Jeter had his mother and sister in the car with him, that the Boston crowd would have made those ladies feel comfortable? If Papelbon was truly concerned about his wife’s feelings, he should have left her at home.

    It’s not very complicated Jon. Know your history. Know the surroundings of the moment. And, do the math. And, don’t act like you were some little lamb and his family who were dropped into a pack of wolves…and now want people to feel sorry for you.

    This whole situation was more a result of you, Mr. Papelbon, than anything else.

    Comments on Papelbon Says NYC Rude To His Wife

    1. July 16th, 2008 | 9:52 am

      [...] got booed. Mrs. Pap may have been threatened. Bleacher Report says Poor Pap. WasWatching says [...]

    2. Raf
      July 16th, 2008 | 10:21 am

      Do you think that, if this parade had been in Boston, and Alex Rodriguez had his daughters in the car with him, or, Derek Jeter had his mother and sister in the car with him, that the Boston crowd would have made those ladies feel comfortable?
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      Regardless, that doesn’t excuse boorish behavior. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it or does it.

      This was a once in a lifetime event. I am not surprised that he would want to include his wife in it. I am sure you would do the same if you were in his position.

    3. July 16th, 2008 | 10:34 am

      If I were a Yankee, and it was in Boston, I would have thought twice about it – or, at the least, prepared my family to expect the worst.

    4. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      July 16th, 2008 | 10:47 am

      Papelbon embarrasses this team everywhere except on the mound, and lately, he hasn’t been immune there either.

    5. Andy
      July 16th, 2008 | 11:19 am

      The thing that bugs me most is Papelbon’s implication that Mariano’s history is the deciding factor – he obviously hasn’t bothered to look at this year’s stats.

    6. hopbitters
      July 16th, 2008 | 11:21 am

      Regardless, that doesn’t excuse boorish behavior. Wrong is wrong, no matter who says it or does it.

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      Agreed. There’s a difference between booing a player and harrassing his family and it is not a small one.

    7. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      July 16th, 2008 | 11:34 am

      The thing that bugs me most is Papelbon’s implication that Mariano’s history is the deciding factor – he obviously hasn’t bothered to look at this year’s stats.

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      Actually, you have it entirely wrong. The reason Mariano got the gig is because of his history and the fact that it was at Yankee Stadium.

      Take away those factors, and just have Closer A who is having an amazing season and Closer B who is having an excellent season and plays for the manager, you can bet that in a neutral park, Closer B gets the nod.

      Like Francona said in regards to picking players, he’d rather have the other team’s guy angry with him than his own guy. Same thing.

      Without the history and the location, Mo does not close. Paps does.

    8. Yanks 4 ever
      July 16th, 2008 | 11:51 am

      Paps cannot even close his mouth, how can he expect to close a game. Here is an excellent photo of my opinion of Mr. Paps:

      First Mr Paps:
      http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1164/1465431694_265a8ce0a7.jpg

      His Doppelganger:
      http://goodcomics.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/11/arseface.jpg

    9. MJ
      July 16th, 2008 | 11:57 am

      I’m not condoning boorish behavior but I’m curious as to what constituted a threat in Papelbon’s mind. I very much doubt that people on the parade route were threatening his wife. I’m not saying he didn’t hear “Eff you”‘s or “you suck” tossed his way but that’s not really a threat as much as it is insulting (and impolite). Like I said, boorish behavior is inexcusable but I also get a feeling that Papelbon is trying to spin this in his favor after putting his foot in his mouth with the comments he made earlier about Rivera and “blah-blah-blah.”

    10. bfriley76
      July 16th, 2008 | 12:03 pm

      Like I said, boorish behavior is inexcusable but I also get a feeling that Papelbon is trying to spin this in his favor after putting his foot in his mouth with the comments he made earlier about Rivera and “blah-blah-blah.”

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      Especially if what PeteAbe reported this morning was true…that Mariano said last night that Francona (via Girardi) told him three days ago he was going to close, and that, presumably, Papelbon knew it too.

    11. Andy
      July 16th, 2008 | 2:17 pm

      “The reason Mariano got the gig is because of his history and the fact that it was at Yankee Stadium.

      Take away those factors, and just have Closer A who is having an amazing season and Closer B who is having an excellent season and plays for the manager, you can bet that in a neutral park, Closer B gets the nod.

      “Without the history and the location, Mo does not close. Paps does.”

      Nice fantasy there.

      Location meant absolutely nothing – Mo, based on his clearly superior numbers, gets the nod from any manager worth his salt, regardless. To use a guy just because he plays for your team, leaving a superior pitcher on the bench would be stupid.

    12. July 16th, 2008 | 3:52 pm

      >> Without the history and the location, Mo does not close. Paps does. >>

      Probably because Francona is just more than a little afraid of what Papelbon would do to him after he fell asleep on the flight home.

      Rivera would have been fine with it either way.

    13. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      July 16th, 2008 | 4:46 pm

      Nice fantasy there.

      Location meant absolutely nothing – Mo, based on his clearly superior numbers, gets the nod from any manager worth his salt, regardless. To use a guy just because he plays for your team, leaving a superior pitcher on the bench would be stupid.

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      Talk about fantasy. Mr. Roarke wouldn’t have arranged the one you describe.

      “Location meant absolutely nothing”?
      That’s a stunningly ignorant statement. There is no way that the location of the game wasn’t a major, in fact the predominant reason why Mariano pitched the ninth.

    14. Andy
      July 16th, 2008 | 7:29 pm

      “There is no way that the location of the game wasn’t a major, in fact the predominant reason why Mariano pitched the ninth.”

      The only thing stunningly ignorant here is you. Mariano pitched the ninth because he’s having the best year of a stellar career. For you to say anything else was the “predominant reason” is ridiculous and petty – then again, given your team allegiance, that’s not surprising.

    15. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      July 17th, 2008 | 7:59 am

      Yeah, you must be right.

      Of course, Francona never made any reference to the game being played at Yankee Stadium. Nope not a single mention.

      Oh yeah, that’s right. HE DID TALK ABOUT WHERE THE GAME IS BEING PLAYED. IN FACT, HE NEVER SAID A DAMN THING ABOUT THE SEASON RIVERA IS HAVING, HE SPOKE ABOUT THE LOCATION, AND THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MARIANO’S CAREER.

    16. Andy
      July 17th, 2008 | 11:05 am

      You know, that must be the reason. I’m sure Francona wasn’t thinking about trying to win the game, only about placating Yankee fans – it’s not like WS home field advantage would mean aything to him.

      So, you’re saying that if the game were played somewhere else, Papelbon would have coughed up the lead in the ninth instead of the eighth?

      I thought so…

    17. jas32
      July 17th, 2008 | 4:22 pm

      “Papelbon would have coughed up the lead in the ninth instead of the eighth?”

      You had a point until that amazingly ignorant statement.

    18. butchie22
      July 17th, 2008 | 5:58 pm

      Pape made a blunder regarding Mariano BUT do Yankee fans have to assault Papelbon and his wife at the parade? That is so disgusting. Fans have every right to boo at the Satdium but telling the guy and his wife things in the parade. This Yankee-Red Sox crap is getting stupid with people getting killed and hurt because of sports? This is really stupid. Yeah, the Rubes in Boston( upscale rubes,but still rubes) would be worse BUT NYC is the capital of the world not some patrician backwater that pretends to be working class like Boston. With all the booing that went on, I’m surprised that Doc Halladay, who is one of the greatest Yankee killers of all time, didn’t get destroyed by the crowd either. The Stadium faithful should have been at least consistent…….

    19. OnceIWasAYankeeFan
      July 18th, 2008 | 8:56 am

      Funny thing – Goose agrees with me. From the Post:

      ” Gossage also said it was a “no-brainer” that Mariano Rivera deserved the chance to close the All-Star Game, if the situation had presented itself, because the game was at Yankee Stadium.

      “Had it been Fenway it would have been [Jonathan] Papelbon,” he said. “

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