Once again, it is closer Jonathan Papelbon‘s mouth that looks like it could be getting him into trouble with his organization, and his words might be the final straw that leads Ruben Amaro Jr. to trade him.
Known for his bad attitude and negative comments that likely helped write his ticket off of the Boston Red Sox roster, Papelbon, also known by his alter ego as “Cinco-Ocho”, has been at it again with the Philadelphia Phillies.
In fact, in just his first of four guaranteed years with the team, Papelbon has already made enemies of teammates and has had his name in the headlines not once, but three times for comments he has made, including some about the team.
Of course, the Phillies shouldn’t be surprised. When they signed Papelbon, they certainly knew what they were getting into. So whether the very opinionated closer is sounding off on his thoughts about Yasiel Puig‘s All-Star hopes or shrugging off a stretch of blown saves saying, it’s just classic Papelbon behavior.
His unbridled passion for the game, which can sometimes be mistaken as a little eccentricity, certainly has the potential to bite him in the end. And after the Phillies lost their eighth straight game, their longest losing streak since 2000, Papelbon was the first to express his displeasure.
“I definitely didn’t come here for this,” Papelbon said, as quoted by MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. And when he was asked about the team’s direction for the future and what it will take to get back to contender status?
“Oh, man … we could be here all day. It’s going to take, in my opinion, a lot. 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.”
Papelbon put on his GM hat and decided to speak up, and Amaro has refused to issue a response as of this time.
Sure, the closer is entitled to his opinion, but his comments are not going to come off as harmless to the organization, and especially not to fans. And somewhat ironically, the comment about not coming to Philly for this might just be the out it now seems he is looking for.