By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON -- Jonathan Papelbon appealed his three-game suspension forbumping the home plate umpire on June 4, which resulted in the firstejection of his career, and found out Friday it was reduced to twogames, which he will serve Friday and Saturday. For him, the processwas worthwhile.
"Yeah I think so," he said. "Theres always gotto be a process and I think the process was done very well and veryfair for both sides and when the thing first happened I got to own upto it and I did. So now the consequencesare set.
Papelbon said he thought the penatly was fair, and wanted to learn from it.
"Yeah, just like a kid," he said. "If its hot dont touch it."
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Big Papi's "spring training" involves a beach chair -- not a baseball bat.
The former Boston Red Sox slugger made it clear on Instagram that he has no interest in returning to Jet Blue Park to begin training for the 2017 MLB season.
He announced in Nov. 2015 he would be retiring after the 2016 season, and he appears completely content with that decision despite speculation of his return to MLB. Ortiz posted a video on Sunday of himself in a beach chair reclined and relaxed.
"What's up [Instagram]. Oh, so good be retired. At the beach with the familia, the ladies. Big Papi in the bulding. This is my spring training. How 'bout dat? Enjoy. See you when I see you. Peace," he said, and then chuckled.
Ortiz's video came a few days after Hanley Ramirez said that if Ortiz made a return to baseball, he would be doing it, in part, for Ramirez, because they miss each other.
WBZ's Dan Roche then tweeted out Ramirez's comment on Thursday, and Big Papi waited no time to respond. Within 16 minutes, Ortiz had responded to reiterate he would not be returning to the Sox.