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Jonathan Papelbon has a new nickname: Johnny Jonathan

Jonathan Papelbon’s new moniker, “Johnny Jonathan,” is the potato chip of nicknames. It’s an awesome, accidental invention.

On-field reporter Dan Kolko interviewed the Nationals closer after he recorded his sixth save of the season in a 3-1 victory over the Marlins on Wednesday. The two kicked off the conversation with an immediate miscommunication, which produced this new nickname.

“Thank you very much, Johnny,” Kolko said to MASN studio host Johnny Holliday. Kolko then turned to Papelbon, and said, “Jonathan, you get into quite a battle there with Giancarlo Stanton. … What was your approach against him there?”

Kolko said “Johnny Johathan” so quickly it sounded as if he were referring to Papelbon.

“Uhh, first of all, did you just call me Johnny Jonathan?” Papelbon asked, giving a high five to teammate Shawn Kelley. “I think you did.”

Papelbon, apparently, didn’t know Kolko was referring to the studio host, Johnny Holliday. Kolko didn’t seem to know what Papelbon was talking about.

“Did I?” Kolko responded. “We’ll have to review the tape.”

“He just called me Johnny Jonathan!” Papelbon yelled at Kelly, appearing angry.

Papelbon said he was just messing around, and they discussed the save. But Kolko did, indeed, review the tape to see where the mixup happened.

It was almost like the infamous scene in Airplane: “Roger, Roger.

(h/t Washington Post)

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