On Monday Jonathan Papelbon made headlines when he told the press that the Phillies need to “s*** or get off the pot” with respect to trading him, which he he really wants to have happen. He added that the new Phillies front office, with Andy MacPhail serving as team president-in-waiting while Ruben Amaro is the GM and Pat Gillick serves out the year as actual president is gumming up the works.
“As Pap is a very good pitcher, he doesn’t know anything about the front office. It’s as simple as that. I’m the GM and Pat is my boss. As in all these deals, particularly ones that are as complicated and have so much money involved, these are all discussions that we’ve had . . . Right now, Andy is part of the decision-making process, but only in so much that he’s an observer and someone who’s going to give us his opinion. Really, Pat is the one who ultimately will make the ultimate decisions.”
I guess that last part should make Phillies fans feel better. And leads one to ask what, actually, Amaro is still doing there, but let’s leave that for another day.
“That’s just my opinion,” he said. “Everyone is entitled to it.”
Interesting way to put that.
Papelbon also added that he wasn’t thrilled about not pitching in the All-Star Game last night. Not that he was all that engaged in it. When a reporter told him that fellow Mississippian Brian Dozier hit a homer that almost landed in the bullpen in which Papelbon was sitting, he said he didn’t notice:
“I didn’t watch it,” he said. “I was out there, but I wasn’t paying a whole lot of attention.”
What were you doing in the ‘pen?
“Snoozing,” Pap said.
You get some good winks?
“Yeah,” he said. “Until (Aroldis) Chapman made me get up out of my chair because he had to pitch on the mound I was sitting on.”
Should be a fun second half with Paps in Philly.