Jonathan Papelbon Attacks Bryce Harper in Dugout During Game (Videos)
Want to understand why the Nationals so badly underachieved this season? Look no further than the Jonathan Papelbon trade.
On July 28, the underachieving Nationals were only six games above .500 and just one game in front of the upstart New York Mets. Thus, the front office decided they had to make a move. So they demoted their excellent closer Drew Storen and traded for Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon—a guy widely recognized as the biggest a**hole in baseball…a guy who’s so disliked that no other team in baseball wanted him in their clubhouse…a guy who was once suspended seven games for grabbing his crotch at his own fans.
How’d that work out? Not well!
Since the trade, Papelbon has been a clubhouse cancer, like pretty much everyone (except the Nationals front office) expected. Last week he got ejected for intentionally drilling Orioles superstar Manny Machado, and here’s what face-of-the-franchise Bryce Harper had to say about it:
I mean, Manny freaking hit a homer and walked it off, and somebody drilled him. It’s pretty tired. It’s one of those situations where it happens. I don’t know. I’ll probably get drilled tomorrow. We’ll see what happens.
Kinda sounds like Harper is sick and tired of Papelbon’s sh*t, right?
Well, on Sunday things between Papelbon and the presumptive 2015 NL MVP came to a head when Papelbon attacked Harper. In the dugout. During a game.
Harper had just popped out in the 8th inning of a 4-4 game against the Phillies. However, he didn’t run the play out, and Papelbon thought he should have. So as soon as Harper got within earshot of the dugout, Papelbon started barking at him. Then, when Harper started barking back, Papelbon lunged at him and grabbed him by the throat.
Take a look:
Jonathan Papelbon & Bryce Harper Fight in Nationals Dugout pic.twitter.com/PO9kvSYmev
— Jeff Skversky (@JeffSkversky) September 27, 2015
If Papelbon were somebody other players respected, he’d have every right to get on Harper for not running out a pop fly. But he’s not. Nobody respects Jonathan Papelbon because he’s such a d*ck.
Amazingly, Nats manager (for now) Matt Williams allowed Papelbon to go back out on the mound for the ninth inning after attacking the best player in baseball. However, he later explained that he hadn’t seen the video and didn’t realize the severity of the situation.
If the Nats have any sense—and it’s possible they do not—they will suspend Papelbon for the rest of the season.
Hat Tip – [The Score]