Ex-Red Sox great cheers at Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton injury

Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon and New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton
Michael Bennington
Wednesday June 26, 2024

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Former Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon has ignited controversy with his recent remarks about New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton’s injury. Taking to social media, Papelbon expressed satisfaction over the Yankees star’s placement on the injured list, revealing a financial interest in the situation.

Papelbon implied that Stanton’s injury was foreseeable, referencing the player’s history of IL stints in recent years. He mockingly suggested that the slugger take his time recovering, hinting at a personal gain from the player’s prolonged absence.

This stems from a substantial bet Papelbon claimed to have made on Stanton hitting fewer home runs this season. In January, he took umbrage at the slugger’s [physical transformation and publicly proposed a million-dollar wager to Barstool’s Dave Portnoy on the Big G’s home run total via social media.

Stanton injury a shock for Yankees

Stanton sustained a hamstring injury during a game against the Atlanta Braves, estimating a minimum recovery period of four weeks. Before the injury, he had been performing well, batting .246 with 18 home runs and 45 RBIs over 69 games.

Giancarlo Stanton with Yankees teammates at Yankee Stadium on June 22, 2024.

While the specifics of Papelbon’s bet remain unclear, it’s noted that Stanton’s odds of leading the majors in home runs were +8000 at Bet365 before the season began.

Papelbon’s comments have reignited the fierce Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, recalling his seven-season tenure with Boston. They also raise ethical questions about celebrating player injuries for financial gain.

This incident underscores Stanton’s injury history, with the slugger having played in only 391 of 708 games over the past five seasons, a factor likely influencing Papelbon’s betting decision.

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