Thursday, July 17, 2008
I never really cared for Jon Papelbon, but now, he's Public Enemy No. 1.
For the record, here are Papelbone's exact words from Monday's All Star Media Day:
"If I was managing the team, I would close," Papelbon said. "I'm not managing the team, so it don't matter."
"We've both earned that right; us, by winning the World Series and having the opportunity of having our manager there and our team being represented, and Mariano by what he's done for this role, we're in Yankee Stadium and blah, blah, blah," Papelbon said. "It's not that easy. Everybody thinks it's a cut and dry answer, but it's not."
Blah, blah, blah...Sounds really freakin arrogant!
What the hell was the guy thinking!
And then to hop in the back of a pickup with his pregnant wife and cruise up sixth avenue in NYC! What the hell do you think was going to happen during the parade?
What do you think the response will be everytime you pitch in NYC the rest of your career?
Do you think you and your family will ever be able to walk the streets of NYC ever again?
Not only is he arrogant, he's an idiot!
That's similar to Kobe Bryant in the NBA All Star Game telling Karl Malone not to help him out with a pick on Michael Jordan because Kobe wanted the spotlight guarding MJ.
That would be like Mike Vanderjagt saying he should attempt the winning field goal over Adam Vinatieri.
Or if some third year player said he should take the winning shot in a playoff game over Robert Horry in his prime.
Towards the end of the 50 minute interview, the stupidity of his statement finally burned through his thick, stubborn head.
Papelbon grabbed the Boston reporter's tape recorder, held it to his mouth and said, "This is Jonathan Papelbon, closer of the Boston Red Sox. Mariano Rivera will be closing the 2008 All-Star Game in Yankee Stadium. I'm making a statement right now, saying I don't want it, I want him to have it. I said all that earlier, but that's the way I feel about it."
Just a little too late. Sorry buddy. You can't get away with those previous comments and think everything's all fine and dandy.
While your at it douche bag, why don't you say Giuliani didn't do such a great job, Willis Reed was faking, and every borough outside of Manhattan sucks.
As I fondly remember the 1999 All Star Game at Fenway Park, Boston fans chanted "Yankees suck!" everytime Derek Jeter was at bat.
All this coming about a week after a man was attacked by Red Sox fans with a baseball bat, while stuck in traffic with his family because his car had New York state license plates.
And later come to find out the victim really isn't a baseball fan.
New York Daily News: Jonathan Papelbon says he should close All Star Game instead of Mo.