Papelbon in a Non-Save Situation

For the second time this season, Jonathan Papelbon came into a tie game at home in the ninth inning, and for the second time, he allowed the go-ahead run to score after giving up an extra-base hit to a guy not exactly known for his power. I know y’all thought that, even on the heels of Papelbon’s five-out save on Friday, that this might be the end of Charlie Manuel’s more liberal usage of his best relief pitcher in high-leverage situations, but I actually managed to have a word with the Phillies skipper after the game and I think everything is going to be okay. Here’s how the conversation went:

Mike Baumann: Reach for the sky!
Charlie Manuel: Huh?
Baumann: This town ain’t big enough for the two of us!
Manuel: What?
Baumann: Somebody’s poisoned the waterhole!
Manuel: Papelbon’s busted.
Baumann: Who are you calling busted, Buster?
Manuel: Huh?
Baumann: That’s right! I’m talking to you, Charlie Manuel! We don’t like the bullpen having games blown up, Cholly. Or smashed, or ripped apart.
Manuel: [hyperventilating] W-we?
Baumann: That’s right, your fans!
[Fans get up and surround the terrified Manuel] Baumann: From now on, you must continue to have Jonathan Papelbon pitch in high-leverage situations whether or not there’s a save on the line, because if you don’t, we’ll find out, Charlie!
Baumann: [while turning head around slowly] We toys can see EVERYTHING!
Baumann: [speaking and moving] So play nice!
[Manuel screams and runs inside]

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5 comments

  1. Richard

    June 04, 2012 09:37 PM

    Instructions to Papelbon, for next time: stop speeding up the bat of toothpicks like Dee Gordon!

  2. Scott G

    June 04, 2012 10:08 PM

    Anyone else notice he seems to shake off Ruiz more than most phillies pitchers, or is it just me?

  3. Richard

    June 05, 2012 08:43 AM

    I hadn’t quite noticed that, Scott, but that’s probably because I tend to lose consciousness between his pitches.

  4. Phlogiston

    June 05, 2012 10:11 AM

    That’s because Ruiz keeps flashing the “hurry the hell up” sign.

  5. jackieinertia

    June 05, 2012 01:34 PM

    if he can’t be consistent with his entrance music, how can we expect him to be consistent in his performance?

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