Jonathan Papelbon had a tumultuous time in Philadelphia. The relief pitcher signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Phillies in November of 2011.
Up until that point, Papelbon was one of the best closers in the game. He won a World Series in 2007 and the Red Sox were competitive during his time in Boston.
Then he signed with the Phillies.
Papelbon told Audacy’s “The Bradfo Sho” podcast about why he signed in Philadelphia and didn’t mince words about former Phillies General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr.
“I was fortunate enough to never be on one of those teams until about my third or fourth year in Philadelphia,” Papelbon said. (12:20 in player above).
The Phillies’ glory days were over, but Papelbon thought they had a few good years left in them.
“I went there one, because they were the ones that wanted me the most. And two, I thought I was gonna go there and win two more championships, at least, Rob. I mean you look at what we had. We had Roy Halladay, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee, myself.”
The Phillies finished the 2012 season at 81-81 and won 73 games in each of the next two seasons. Papelbon was traded prior to the trade deadline in 2015, a season in which the Phillies finished with just 63 wins.
“Ruben Amaro was handed the keys to a damn Lamborghini and crashed it,” Papelbon said.
Amaro, who is a frequent co-host on the 94WIP Morning Show, responded via Twitter.
Amaro was named the Phillies' new GM one day after the World Series parade in 2008. They returned to the World Series in 2009, and to the playoffs in the next two years, but haven't made it to the postseason since.