Jim Thome's pinch hit, walk off HR in the bottom of the ninth gave the Phillies a 7-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday night. His blast came just a half inning after Phils closer Jonathan Papelbon had blown his first save of the year giving up 2 runs in the top of the 9th.
Papelbon was apparently so upset that he walked into the dugout between innings and offered anyone who hit a walkoff to win the game $5,000. Jim Thome was inserted as a pinch hitter (for Papelbon ironically) to lead off the bottom of the ninth and one swing later Papelbon pulled out his checkbook and paid up.
After blowing save, Papelbon came in clubhouse and said he'd give $5K to whoever walked it off. He already wrote out a check to Jim Thome.— Ryan Lawrence (@ryanlawrence21) June 24, 2012
With $50 million guaranteed on his contract, I'm guessing Papelbon considers the $5k money well spent to avoid the feeling of losing the game. In fact, as a the last pitcher of record for the Phils, Pap picked up the win.