PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon is capable of causing a stir, both on and off the field. He did just that in the aftermath of Thursday afternoon’s victory over the Atlanta Braves by questioning the media’s obsession with his velocity.
“Why do you guys care about velo so much, man?” Papelbon asked. “Is that — does that matter? You think that matters? I don’t understand that. I mean, if a ball has life at the plate and you are throwing 88 miles an hour as opposed to 98 miles an hour, it doesn’t make one damn bit of difference. Whether you throw 93 or 94 or 84. I just, I don’t get it man.”
On the surface, it’s easy to say that Papelbon doesn’t get it, didn’t take notice of his poor performances last year or lack of velocity during a season-opening series in…
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