August 8, 2020

Papelbon attacks Harper in dugout during game

To add insult (and possible further injury) to injury, in the bottom of the eight inning Jonathan Papelbon took issue with Bryce Harper presumably for not fully running out a pop-up. Papelbon jawed at Harper on the way off the field, then in the dugout, physically attacked the likely N.L. MVP.


The only appropriate response to this is Mike Rizzo coming out at the manager’s post-game press conference to announce Papelbon’s suspension and Matt Williams’ dismissal.

More following the game.

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  1. I agree with Papelbon being suspended for the remainder of the season, but how do you figure Williams is fired for this – at this point in the season? This isn’t on Williams. If anything, it’s on Rizzo for trading for Papelbon.


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