Pap Snaps in Philly: Jonathan Papelbon Got Into Heated Exchange with Media Member

May 24, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon (58) reacts after striking out Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Scott Van Slyke (not pictured) to end the game at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
May 24, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Jonathan Papelbon (58) reacts after striking out Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Scott Van Slyke (not pictured) to end the game at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
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Old friend Jonathan Papelbon became a little surly with the media during his final year in Boston. Now he’s gotten into a beef with a sports media veteran in Philadelphia.

The Phillies closer and longtime radio/TV commentator Howard Eskin, reportedly needed to be separated in the Phillies clubhouse before Saturday’s game against the Dodgers.

According to Macho Row, a Phillies blog, Ant Scaramuzzi—who reportedly works for the Phillies—tweeted that “Eskin and Papelbon just got into a heated verbal argument by the Phils dugout. Both had to be restrained.”

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The heated exchange may have been over this tweet by Eskin:

Here’s the background that led to the tweet: The 33-year-old Papelbon came under fire for being unavailable to close out a game against the Mets on Mother’s Day. The Phillies bullpen could not protect a three-run lead in the bottom of the ninth and the Phils lost the game 5-4 while Papelbon stayed on the bullpen after throwing just 21 pitches in the previous two games. Papelbon said he was sore all over and needed the day off.

Eskin seems to confirm the report of the scuffle:

@Tooozy @theeCHACO Papelbon did approach me so that's clear

— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) May 24, 2014

Jacoby Ellsbury was also dragged into the mess as was Papelbon’s wife Ashley, who reponded to Eskin’s claim that Jonathan Papelbon could not pitch because he was hung over after going out with Ellsbury the night before.

Papelbon’s next save will No. 300 for his 10-year career.