Mere moments after Omir Santos took him deep to give the Mets the lead in the top of the 9th, here is Papelbon throwing a tantrum over a call at second base that wasn't even close.
David Wright made a diving play on Jason Bay's grounder, and Luis Castillo made a tremendous scoop of the throw to force Kevin Youkilis, who was out by literally three feet.
If you watch closely enough, you can also see the punchable face and bald head of Dustin Pedroia, also yelling at the umpire who had the nerve to make the correct call. I can forgive little Dusty for venting, he's probably just uptight since he's not getting any from his kid-touching older brother.
Thankfully, up in the SNY broadcast booth, Keith Hernandez summed up everyone's feelings by telling Papelbon to "go sit down." It must have taken a great deal of restraint for him to avoid dropping three "F bombs" and the British term for "cigarette" in that sentence, but thank you, Keith.
You know, people get all bent out of shape when Joba Chamberlain pumps his fist after an inning-ending strikeout, but you never hear anything about Papelbon's postgame hysterics, and you won't hear anything about this little conniption fit either.
Oh, and here's Papelbon's reaction to the use of instant replay to get the call right on the Santos home run:
Well, "Paps," I'm not a fan of yours. I don't understand why you can't just kill yourself.
It appears Mr. Papelbon just isn't a fan of people who do their jobs. Not only did he throw a hissy fit at the second base umpire, but he also cursed out and threw a towel at a NY Post photographer for having the nerve to - GASP!! - take his picture.
Class act, that Papelbon. I'm sure a certain commenter will excuse this borderline psychotic behavior by mentioning that A-Rod once dropped a crumpled paper cup on the floor of the dugout at Fenway Park.
Papelbon had just surrendered a two-run homer to backup catcher Omir Santos -- leading to a 3-2 Amazin' victory -- when Causi had the audacity to do his job and photograph the closer as he sulked in the Sox dugout in the bottom of the ninth.
Papelbon screamed, "Don't take my f- - -ing picture," according to Causi, before throwing his towel at him
It should be noted: Papelbon missed Causi.
"I guess he missed with two pitches that night," Causi cracked.