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Quote of the Day: Jonathan Papelbon: "meh"

Sep 6, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

Jonathan Papelbon doesn't exactly take responsibility for yesterday's ninth inning meltdown.

“Yeah, I think he would have been safe regardless.”

Jonathan Papelbon on Carlos Quentin, who pulled into second base with a double during the White Sox’ ninth inning rally yesterday, but very likely would have been out if Papelbon had been covering second base on the play like he should have. Quentin’s pinch runner then came around to score the tying run. Here’s the rally — Quentin’s double is the third pitch of the highlight sequence.

I said in the highlights this morning that this appearance could be the one that seals the deal on Papelbon being non-tendered by the Red Sox this winter. That was before I saw this play and heard his “eh, whatever” quote about it.  There are a lot of reasons the Sox aren’t going to the playoffs this year, many of them injury related. But you can’t really scapegoat injuries without sounding like you’re making excuses. It’s far more satisfying to have a human target for such feelings. Papelbon will do nicely, I bet.

  1. Kevin S. - Sep 6, 2010 at 8:42 AM

    I had always figured that the Red Sox would be able to foist him on some dumb team for something of value because he has the Proven! Closer! tag, but the way things have been going lately, he might just have to be non-tendered instead.

  2. Wooden U Lykteneau - Sep 6, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    The late Dick Radatz put it best: “‘Roles’ for pitchers are bullsh!t… Your job as a pitcher is to throw strikes. Period.” And yet the myth of the closer continues.

  3. LuisMendoza - Sep 6, 2010 at 9:20 AM

    From Daniel Bard’s ESPN diary today – unfortunately relevant.
    “Football is starting. We had our Red Sox fantasy draft recently … Pap [Jonathan Papelbon] was definitely the most into it. He sets it up and he’ll talk about it the most until this season’s over. He kind of lives for that kind of stuff.”

  4. Pisano - Sep 6, 2010 at 10:03 AM

    He’s been a time bomb for the last year and a half . Look what the Yankees alone have done to him . They may have to non tender him , but to have Bard in the wings can’t be all bad . The money the Sox will save not resigning him , and not having to sign a free agent closer will work out good for the Sox . Let him walk and be another teams problem .

  5. willmose - Sep 6, 2010 at 12:23 PM

    Craig, the Red Sox have just been mailing it in since you declared them out of the race after the first 13 games.

  6. FrankZappa - Sep 6, 2010 at 6:53 PM

    the guy is a bum…we should have traded him last winter, it was pretty obvious he was going downhill fast last year…way to drop the ball, theo

  7. Glenn - Sep 6, 2010 at 7:23 PM

    Really!? Seems like they hung in the race until recently with half an AAA team. They were leading baseball in offense until the injuries took their toll. If anything, they over-performed this year.

  8. BC - Sep 7, 2010 at 9:35 AM

    They should have traded him at the deadline. Maybe to Philly?

  9. Jack Marshall - Sep 7, 2010 at 10:16 AM

    Papelbon is known to be an idiot. I can’t blame him much for a fielding gaffe—the Red Sox lead the majors in pitcher errors—his pitching has been the problem, and right up there with Beckett, the injuries,Lackey and the incompetent third base coach as the reasons why the Sox aren’t in the race. Despite all that, I can’t see the Sox non-tendering him for dumb statements, because they expect no less.

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