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  • Ump Joe West grabs Papelbon's jersey after ejecting Pap for grabbing self

    David Brown at Big League Stew7 hrs ago


    Did closer Jonathan Papelbon grab himself in the ninth inning Sunday afternoon in order make an obscene gesture toward booing Philadelphia Phillies fans, or was he merely adjusting his jockstrap and/or protective cup, as ballplayers do, because his equipment had gotten out of alignment?

    Is Major League Baseball going to punish umpire Joe West for putting his hands on Papelbon, and grabbing his jersey in order to move him out of the way, after Papelbon confronted West because of the ejection?

    MLB won't have a fun time sorting all of it out. If only Papelbon could have pitched a 1-2-3 ninth, instead of blowing the save in a 5-4 loss to the Miami Marlins. After allowing four runs, Papelbon walked off the mound and, about midway to the Phillies dugout, grabbed his groin.


    The AP photo. Make your own conclusions


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  • Mets closer Jenrry Mejia annoys Nationals with postgame celebration

    Mark Townsend at Big League Stew1 day ago

    New York Mets closer Jenrry Mejia is one of the more animated relievers in the game today. His post-save celebrations are known to be both entertaining and somewhat head-scratching, which would probably put him in the same category as a former Mets' reliever, Jose Valverde.

    For Mets opponents, of course, Mejia's antics are a bit closer to annoying. That proved to be the case again on Friday as several Washington Nationals players did not seem pleased with Mejia's exuberance or his simulations.

    After striking out Ian Desmond to secure New York's 4-3 win, Mejia seemed to break out the fishing pole and motioned like he was reeling Desmond (or something else, perhaps) toward the mound.

    Once his invisible target was secured, he simulated snapping it over his knee. Perhaps that was intended to be Desmond. Perhaps he's a wrestling fan and was channeling his favorite WWE superstar. It's also possible he was simply signifying the Mets snapping their 12-game home losing streak to Washington.

    It's an impossible question to answer, especially when the man behind the celebration can't explain it himself.

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