On the day of May 14, 2015, we, as Philadelphians, must put our egos aside, we must forget the slanderous comments directed towards us as fans in the past, and we must acknowledge a true milestone which has just been reached. With uneasy brevity, we must say “Congratulations Jonathan Papelbon.”
Last night, May 13, Jonathan Papelbon approached the mound in the top of the ninth inning at Citizens Bank Park. This was no ordinary appearance for Papelbon. For one, this was a rare save opportunity as he had only six save opportunities entering last night’s game. Secondly, Papelbon entered the ninth inning with the opportunity to become the Phillies all-time saves leader, surpassing Jose Mesa’s 112 saves.
With a runner on third with one out, the prospects for Papelbon’s milestone were looking dim. However, with the help of Jeff Francoeur’s strike to home plate from a throw from foul territory in right field, Papelbon was able to record his 113th save while becoming the Phillies all-time saves leader. With this milestone, Papelbon becomes only the second closer ever to hold the all-time saves record for two different clubs – the Phillies and the Red Sox. While Jonathan Papelbon may say he does not feel like a Phillie, after last night, like it or not, he will forever be remembered as a part of the Philadelphia Phillies’ organization.
To show our utmost respect for Papelbon reaching a Phillies’ milestone, here are a few moments of Papelbon in his full glory, alluding to his greatness as not only a player but as a person as well.
Because why would you be ejected for such beautifully displayed actions?
And, who knew, he is a politician as well!? #Papelbon2016
Bilingual as well, the list goes on.
And, again – just because we can never forget.
However, in actuality, while all the comments and actions which continuously spew from Papelbon agitate us all in Philadelphia, at a time like this it is only right to acknowledge the milestone and the accomplishment which Jonathan Papelbon has reached. So, again, congratulations Jonathan, it has been quite the ride.