Papelbon, the Philadelphia Phillies’ closer, was livid with home-plate umpire D.J. Reyburn’s work in the Phillies’ 4-3 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday. Papelbon was the losing pitcher, and thought he had struck out the Dodgers’ Dee Gordon on a pitch before Gordon lined a double to key the winning rally.
After the inning, Papelbon confronted Reyburn, a fill-in umpire from Class AAA, and veteran Derryl Cousins stepped in to protect his young charge.
Bullying by Papelbon? Well, he teed off on Reyburn further in the postgame.
“I thought he sucked. ... He probably needs to go back to Triple-A. You’re up in the big leagues to do a good job and when you don’t do a good job you should be demoted or fired. It’s just like anybody’s job. If I don’t do my job, I go down to Triple A. There’s no room for that up here. It’s not a knock on the umpires. It’s the integrity of the game. You want to be able to go out there and play the game the way it should be played. All night long, from (Dodgers starter Clayton) Kershaw to (Phillies starter) Vance (Worley), all the way to the ninth inning, it affected the outcome of the game.”
Posted: June 05, 2012 at 01:11 PM | 19 comment(s)
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