Any trade value Jonathan Papelbon had might’ve up and vanished after the Philadelphia Phillies closer recorded a blown save and a loss in consecutive games on Tuesday and Wednesday. The third time was a charm for Papelbon on Thursday, however, as he rebounded to record a 10-pitch save in a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
As effortless as Papelbon’s outing sounds, it was not without incident. He may have put the batters down in 1-2-3 order, but restless spectators at Citizens Bank Park were not impressed when Pap first emerged from the bullpen, showering the righthander with boos.
Papelbon was a good sport about it, though, telling reporters that the boos made the ballpark come alive. In fact, he seemed to embrace them, welcoming everybody to join in.
Like a good villain, Papelbon does not mind angering his constituency.
"I mean, you've got to be able to take it if you want to dish it out," Papelbon said. "I think that goes both ways for me and the fans. It's kind of like a big brother-little brother relationship, I would say."
And which is he?
"Big brother," Papelbon said.
One thing is for sure: that’s not brotherly love Philly fans are feeling for Papelbon right now. The majority can’t wait for him to be gone, even if that’s not necessarily going to come to fruition before the trade deadline.