The Philadelphia Phillies lost their third straight game yesterday after losing 4-3 to the Los Angeles Dodgers. And while Phillies players are undoubtedly frustrated with their play, Jonathon Papelbon was more frustrated with home umpire D.J. Reyburn.
Papelbon believed that he struck out Dee Gordon just one pitch before giving up a triple to Gordon that tied the game. Gordon then scored the go ahead run after a single by Elian Herrera. After finally getting out of the inning, Papelbon confronted Reyburn. But that confrontation alone wasn’t enough for Papelbon. He also unloaded on Reyburn after the game. And didn’t help matters that Papelbon also learned that Reyburn was a Triple A umpire filling in.
“Doesn’t surprise me,” Papelbon said after hearing that Reyburn was a Triple A umpire. “He probably needs to go back to Triple A.”
Papelbon said he thought Reyburn “sucked.” He added that Reyburn was “terrible” and his work affected the entire game. It’s likely that Papelbon’s comments will earn him a fine from MLB.
“You’re up in the big leagues to do a good job and when you don’t do a good job you should be demoted or fired,” Papelbon said. “It’s just like anybody’s job. If I don’t do my job, I go down to Triple A. There’s no room for that up here. It’s not a knock on the umpires. It’s the integrity of the game. You want to be able to go out there and play the game the way it should be played.
It’s safe to say that Papelbon will be getting a rather large fine.