After the game, Papelbon did what every player hates to do at times like that. He stood there in his locker with a dozen microphones stuck in his face and he answered every question, even the dumb ones. At least once, it even looked like Papelbon had to gain his composure and fight back tears.
The easy way out would have been to ignore the media and leave the locker room without answering the questions. But Papelbon knew that part of his job is to let the media do their job.
So it was disheartening to hear that Evan Longoria left the locker room last night without speaking with the media.
Longoria had an awful night, going 0-3 with three strikeouts, and a walk. And we got a glimpse of his frustration when he threw his bat after the third strikeout.
After a game like that on the big stage, there are a lot of people who would rather do anything than sit there and answer questions wondering why you sucked so bad. But most players stick around and take it because it is the right thing to do. Even moreso if you are the face of a franchise.
We have never heard of Longoria doing something like this before, so we will chalk it up to some youthful frustrations. But there is a small part of us that is a little disappointed, in the same way a parent might be frustrated when their normally well-behaved child gets in trouble.