Jonathan Papelbon trolls ESPN over Derek Jeter docuseries

ESPN’s seven-part docuseries, “The Captain,” premiered Monday night, and Jonathan Papelbon has already had enough.

The controversial former Red Sox closer took to Twitter to suggest the creation of a new docuseries, one that would feature a different captain: former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek.

“Hey ESPN when y’all are ready to do a documentary on the real captain who whipped A Rod’s Ass let me know!” Papelbon wrote.

During the 2004 offseason, Boston appointed Varitek as captain, a designation that he would hold for 11 years. Varitek, a three-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion, played his entire 15-year career with the Red Sox.

Varitek established himself as a symbol of the vitriolic Yankees-Red Sox rivalry in July 2004. After Alex Rodriguez was hit by a pitch, Varitek ignited a benches-clearing brawl by slamming his catcher’s mitt into Rodriguez’s face.

Jonathan Papelbon pitches against the Yankees in September 2010.
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Derek Jeter at the premiere of "TheCaptain" during the 2022 Tribeca Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC in June.
Derek Jeter at the premiere of “The Captain” during the 2022 Tribeca Festival at BMCC Tribeca PAC in June.
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Alex Rodriguez, left, is pushed by Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek after Rodriguez was hit by a pitch from Bronson Arroyo in 2004.
Alex Rodriguez, left, is pushed by Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek after Rodriguez was hit by a pitch from Bronson Arroyo in 2004.
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Papelbon and Varitek were teammates in Boston from 2005-2011.

The former reliever went on to play five more years, the next three-and-a-half years in Philadelphia, where he became the Phillies’ all-time saves leader with 123. He was then traded in July of 2015 to Washington, where he finished out his career with the Nationals releasing him in August 2016.

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