Tuesday, September 15, 2015
“I don’t know if I got a bad rap here or whatever, but I can promise you I was far [from] the bad guy on this team,” Papelbon said before Monday night’s game. “I was one of the few that wanted to actually win, and I was one of the few that competed and posted up every day.”
That’s pretty harsh criticism, accusing former teammates of not wanting to win and of not competing.
Papelbon would not name the teammates that he believed did not “post up” every day. When pressed, he essentially generalized his comments and pointed to the team’s rebuild and the coming and going of young players.
“I say it as a team,” Papelbon said. “If you don’t have a team atmosphere that’s put together that coincides with winning, you know?
“You’ve got one guy going down to Triple A, one guy’s coming back from Triple A next week. You’ve got different positions every week. That to me wasn’t a formula for winning, you know? We just had too many non-regular guys in there, and granted, we did get hurt, but we didn’t have the personnel, the leadership, the A to Z to win. It was felt all throughout the clubhouse and it was felt all throughout the stadium, I believe.”
Who gets the blame for that?
“I think the blame goes all the way from the front office all the way down to the bat boy,” Papelbon said. “When you don’t have an organization that wants to win, it’s pretty evident and they go out and publicly say, ‘We’re not going to win.’ So what more, you know what I mean?”
Papelbon was asked why he did not try to lead more during his time with the Phillies.
“I did. I did. I tried to do certain things,” he said. “I tried to bring certain things to attention that would make us better and it just seemed like everything I brought to attention whether it would be with another veteran or pitcher or infielder or outfielder or another veteran guy, it was like, to me, I was never accepted in that, ‘Hey look, this guy wants to help our team and make us be better,’ way. They just kind of all let it fly by the wayside and never really paid attention to what I had to say.”
Saturday, September 12, 2015
Washington Nationals reliever Drew Storen will likely miss the remainder of the season after slamming his locker shut and breaking his right thumb, according to Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post.
Storen allowed a two-run home run to Yoenis Cespedes in the eighth inning of Wednesday’s 5–3 loss to the Mets that put New York ahead 4–2. After the outing, he slammed his locker shut out of frustration and sustained the injury.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
The most incredible thing I’ve seen in a while.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Aaron Barrett proudly displays his Star-Spangledtude.
The game hardly mattered by the time it began. A mere baseball game, especially one played in May between the charging Nationals and the sputtering Phillies, could not possibly carry the emotional weight of the test of human spirit, of will and of hope, that preceded it. The Nationals won Friday night’s game, 2-1, and that was good, of course. But first, Aaron Barrett won one of the longest post-anthem standoffs in recent memory — one the baseball world will little note, but one those who witnessed it will long remember.
As with many of baseball’s inexplicable but time-honored traditions, the origins of the post-anthem standoff are obscured by the blur of numbers on jerseys, of bored players, of long pregame ceremonies and long baseball seasons. It sums to this: “The Star-Spangled Banner” plays to a reverent crowd, and both teams line up, hats off, held over their hearts. The song ends, the crowd cheers, and the players disperse. Most of them, anyway.
One hearty soul on one side stays. Someone on the other side notices, considers consequences of surrendering without standing up for himself, then engages. The standoff ensues. Barrett said later he did not want a fight Friday night. The challenge came, and he did not back down.
Barrett has a decorated history with such things. Umpires nearly threw him and Rockies’ outfielder Brandon Barnes out of a game in Colorado last season when they refused to leave the field before the first pitch. Like that July staredown, Friday’s showdown was the stuff of which legends are written, the stuff about which novels are scratched out by candlelight. Had he been following on Twitter, exhausted at Marathon, Pheidippides himself would likely have thrown an olive wreath Barrett’s way to honor of his endurance.
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Lots of video in the article. Some interesting stuff.
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