Jonathan Papelbon is not a happy camper with the way things have been going for the Philadelphia Phillies as of late. Papelbon has not come out and stated he wants a trade, but it does sound as if he would prefer the team blew things up to turn it around.
You know, like the Boston Red Sox did when Papelbon left town.
The Phillies have lost eight in a row, which has caused Papelbon to take to the media. MLB.com’s Todd Zalecki has the details:
“I definitely didn’t come here for this,” he said.
Papelbon carries an influential presence in the Phillies’ clubhouse as the team’s closer, a nine-year veteran and World Series champion. Asked what he thought about the direction the organization is headed, he sighed.
“Oh, man,” he said. “We could be here all day.”
So then what about this team’s ability to turn things around, if not this season, then next season?
“It’s going to take, in my opinion, a lot,” he said. “And in my opinion, I think it’s going to have to be something very similar to what the Red Sox went through a couple years ago. From top to bottom.”
As you can see, Papelbon is not thrilled with how things have been going. It is unknown how much sway he truly has withing the organization, but we’ll find out here in the upcoming days as the deadline nears.
Papelbon came to Philadelphia to play for a winner. We’re not sure taking to the media was the best move, but it could get results. Who knows?
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