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“Papelbon, of course, is Ric Flair”

Jun 26, 2014, 4:10 PM EDT

Ric Flair

Jim Salisbury of has a story today about the camaraderie of the Phillies’ bullpen. How they do things together and bond and all of the stuff that people inside the game say that successful bullpens always do.

The leader of that pack is Jonathan Papelbon. Who, as Salisbury notes, isn’t always thought of as a leader type. But he is. Indeed, he’s kind of like the leader of The Horsemen. The Ten Horsemen:

Papelbon is a pro wrestling aficionado. Over the last few weeks, he has given his mates in the bullpen nicknames to go along with pro wrestlers.

Diekman is Jake the Snake Roberts.

De Fratus is Goldust.

Giles is Diamond Dallas Page.

Martin is the Iron Sheik.

Hollands is Eddie Guerrero.

Mike Adams is The Hulk.

Antonio Bastardo is Rey Mysterio.

B.J. Rosenberg is Stone Cold.

Jeff Manship is Mankind.

Bullpen catchers Jesus Tiamo and Bob Stumpo are The Bushwhackers.

Bullpen coach Rod Nichols’ nickname is a classic — Vince McMahon.

Papelbon, of course, is Ric Flair.

What, you thought Jeff Manship would be the stylin’, profilin’, limousine riding, jet flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin’ n’ dealin’ son of a gun?

  1. schmedley69 - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Wonder if the other guys in the pen call him Naitch?

    • theskinsman - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:01 AM

      One of the few articles this Red Sox fan got a smile out of this season. Thanks, I needed that!

  2. cur68 - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    There needs to be a Cuban Assassin. There just does. Its a pity Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez was injured.

  3. buddysguys - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:17 PM


  4. schmedley69 - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    And of course, Ruben Amaro is The Undertaker, because he’s always digging up corpses.

    • uwsptke - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      Ryne Sandberg is his manager… so I guess that makes him Paul Bearer?

      • schmedley69 - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:58 PM

        Team President David Montgomery is the guy who pulls Amaro’s puppet strings, so he is probably Paul Bearer. Sandberg is more like Kane.

  5. zackd2 - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Great story. So I guess late June is when puff pieces start to come out from the media.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 26, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      and when people start whining about them.

      keep up the g…well, the work

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      Doors on your left, feel free to ask for a refund for your subscription fee.

    • [citation needed] fka COPO - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      Doors on your left, feel free to ask for a refund for your subscription fee.

  6. zeidvi00 - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    “To be the man, you gotta beat the man!”

  7. zeidvi00 - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    “To be the man, you gotta beat the man!”

  8. rdav29 - Jun 26, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    To be the man…you gotta BEAT…the man

  9. chaseutley - Jun 26, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    I noticed that none of them were nicknamed Arn, Ole, or Tully. Clearly there is a rift in the Phillies’ bullpen that can only be settled in a battle royal.

    A hundred bucks says Domonic Brown sneaks in from the back to screw somebody over.

  10. rje49 - Jun 26, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    Papelbon wasn’t known for his smarts when in Boston……… By the way, does anybody pro wrestling fans who are extremely intelligent?

    • mj2sexay - Jun 27, 2014 at 12:44 AM

      Lol. Next time you try to insult the intelligence of a group of people, make sure your sentence makes sense, junior.

      A pro wrestling fan who’s smarter then you.

    • aceshigh11 - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:29 AM

      Wow, you try to insult pro wrestling fans as being unintelligent, and you can’t even compose a coherent sentence.

      Irony on Line 1.

      By the way…I’m a software engineer who graduated from one of the best engineering universities in the world, and I’m a wrestling fan. I acknowledge the inherent ridiculousness of the entire male soap opera spectacle, but we all have our vices.

      • rje49 - Jun 27, 2014 at 8:57 AM

        Yeah, I rearranged my wording and omitted a couple of important words while I was at it. I messed up and of course couldn’t change it after posting. Oh well, sometimes I like to get people riled up, but I blew that one.

      • aceshigh11 - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:05 AM

        It happens.

        Just saying that not all wrestling fans are knuckle-dragging white trash. It’s absolutely an absurdist form of entertainment, but I enjoy it…or ENJOYED it…I haven’t been into the WWE’s product since 2002-2003 or so.

  11. flyinhighwithvick - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Domonic Brown = Bad News Brown

  12. bobwsc - Jun 27, 2014 at 9:36 AM

    Mariano = Ric Flair; both are the greatest of all time. Papelbon could be in the Kurt Angle / Bob Backlund camp – very good during their respecitve times but not in the coversation of all-time greats. Dan Quayle comparing himself to JFK comes to mind after reading this. you’re no Nature Boy, Pap.

  13. thenaturalmevs - Jun 27, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    First time I’ve liked anything about Papelbon. Ever.

  14. dluxxx - Jun 27, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Every time I see Jeff Manship’s name, I think of this…

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