Not for nothing, but Papelbon has been having a pretty stellar season so far. Jonathan currently has 18 saves and boasts a 1.87 ERA. Not too shabby, especially with our bullpen in awry the way it is right now.
My only complaint is that Papelbon tends to say some terribly stupid things, and have terrible opinions, and probably is a terrible person inside.
Much like Spencer Hawes, Papelbon is a “red-blooded” American that thinks our government is out to take our guns and infringe on our freedom, etc, etc, and has no problem saying so. He has every right to say these things, but I reserve the right to judge him for that.
The latest newsworthy opinion came when JP was questioned about Yasiel Puig’s All-Star chances. Not only did he pronounce the kid’s name wrong (which confuses me because baseball coverage talks about him on a daily basis), but he referred to the notion of him being on the ballot as an “absolute joke” because of Puig’s short tenure in the majors.
Normally, something like this would be a reasonable statement (albeit bold and somewhat inconsiderate), except for the fact that Papelbon made the All-Star team in his rookie season, as well. Granted, JP had played all 86 games leading up to the All-Star game that year, but is it really that ridiculous considering Puig’s stats? He’s having the greatest start as a rookie since Joe Dimaggio.
Narrow-minded opinions like this just make it hard to enjoy your talent, Pap.
This post was written by Randy Neil