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Papelbon not concerned about 81.00 ERA

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08:20 AM ET 02.26 | "Over the tiki bar" isn't something Phillies pitchers like to hear about. During batting practice at Bright House Field, it's not uncommon for balls to fly over the tiki bar in left field and crash onto vehicles parked outside the stadium. That kind of power is rare in games. But there was no mistaking it when Miguel Cabrera's bat met Jonathan Papelbon's fastball Monday in a 10-1 Detroit Tigers rout. ... Seven of the nine batters he faced reached base before he was mercifully removed at 31 pitches. But the Phillies closer was philosophical about being saddled with an 81.00 ERA in the Grapefruit League. "Spring is spring," Papelbon said.

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February 26, 2013  08:24 AM ET

Can I get a caption for the photo above?

February 26, 2013  08:26 AM ET

Couldn???t have happened to a nicer guy

February 26, 2013  08:26 AM ET

He's pulling a Dice-K.

February 26, 2013  08:47 AM ET

I watched that inning on MLB where he got rocked. He had nothing and everything was up in the zone.

February 26, 2013  08:51 AM ET

Major league hitters are major league hitters Papelbon.

February 26, 2013  09:23 AM ET

I've been to games in that ball park. Nice place. Hitting one over the tiki bar is a big time blast.

February 26, 2013  10:15 AM ET

My gosh it's early! If he were in the same place at the end of spring training I might be concerned a little.

February 26, 2013  12:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

My gosh it's early! If he were in the same place at the end of spring training I might be concerned a little.

You're right,yz. Palpebon's just not a very sympathetic character.

February 26, 2013  01:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I watched that inning on MLB where he got rocked. He had nothing and everything was up in the zone.

Surprised the Philly Media hasn't started questioning the health of his arm / shoulder.

February 26, 2013  05:32 PM ET

Philadelphia baseball version of "Practice, Are we talkin about Practice"?

February 26, 2013  08:14 PM ET

Spring is Spring, and Pap is Pap.
Hope Philly is getting used to its non-Mensa candidate. He is a source of endless silly quotes!

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