The Phillies celebrate one of their three walk off wins so far this season, as Ryan Howard is welcomed at home plate. Credit: Getty Images
Phillies closer and former Red Sox closer (and World Series champ) Jonathan Papelbon is a bit of a tough nut to crack.
He is outspoken, overpaid and pretty stingy. Pair that with his consistent play (he has 300 career saves now) and you get a character who must be acknowledged.
In two recent walk-off wins for the Phillies, the first a Ryan Howard bomb, Papelbon was seen (as pictured above) at home plate groping a fellow teammate.
And he really looks to be enjoying himself.
Check out the second photo, this one from Reid Brignac's walk-off three-run long-ball Wednesday night. John Mayberry Jr. is his latest victim.
The Phillies celebrate Reid Brignac's walk-off three-run home run Wednesday night against the Padres. Credit: Getty Images
Papelbon is a full-grown man -- he is 33 now. And he has the largest contract in the history of closing pitchers. He is on one of the three worst teams in the National League and if not for his contract he would be the subject of trade chatter.
“When I'm out there pitching, it's not Jonathan Papelbon pitching, it's Cinco Ocho pitching. I get a little revved up some times, and Cinco Ocho doesn't know how to control himself when he's out there. We've got a good relationship going on right now with Cinco Ocho, so we'll try and keep it that way."