Jonathan Papelbon Blows Save, Gives His Own Crowd A Crotch-Grab (GIF)
Jonathan Papelbon existed on Sunday to let the world know that nothing good ever comes of booing your own player.
Phillies fans took to booing Jonathan Papelbon as he let up a personal record four runs in the 9th, with one coming off a wild pitch that he threw. As he was pulled from the game, he was met with a chorus of boos from the Phillies fans. He responded by squatting, mid-walk, then grabbing his crotch towards the booing fans at Citizens Bank Park.
I’m not saying they deserved it, but…they deserved it. And that’s about the time the umpires decided that they couldn’t sit idly by, even if it was directed at his own “fans.” So they tossed Papelbon, at which point he confronted the ump in that baseball-y “I’m going to chest bump you because I can’t touch you” fashion.
Here’s a GIF of the fun little gesture:
And here’s the full video of the incident:
I like that little dip he takes to telegraph to everyone “This is going to be a crotch-grab. Brace yourselves, gang.”
And check out the cover shot it produced for the “Daily News” in Philadelphia:
— Bob Vetrone Jr. (@BoopStats) September 15, 2014
Jonathan Papelbon did overreact, but to be fair to him, he had just spent the past 20 minutes on the mound, completely sucking and watching the game slip away. I’m sure he was trying his best, and I would be none too thrilled if I was met with boos after having a rough go of it. My crotch grab would have been sans-pants.
Hat Tip – [USA Today]