Jonathan Papelbon Blows Save, Pays Jim Thome $5K For Walkoff

Jun 16, 2012; Toronto, ON, Canada; Philadelphia Phillies designated hitter Jim Thome (25) bats against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays beat the Phillies 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Jonathan Papelbon blew a save, then offered a $5,000 reward if any of his teammates bailed him out. Jim Thome promptly responded with a walkoff home run, collecting some extra cash in the process.

It's not as though Jim Thome needed any extra incentive to hit a walkoff home run on Saturday. But just in case, Jonathan Papelbon offered an immediate reward up if anyone could bail him out, and Thome answered the call.

You see, Papelbon gave up two runs in the top of the ninth on Saturday as the Tampa Bay Rays pulled even with the Philadelphia Phillies. But his team still had a chance to save him after he failed to save the game.

And that's when he offered a bounty, if you will.

The story is simple: Thome entered the game in the bottom of the ninth, batting for Papelbon. He was the first hitter up to the plate, and immediate cashed in.

The walkoff dinger gave the Phillies a 7-6 win and put an extra $5,000 in Thome's pocket. Even better: He got the home run ball back.

And, of course, Papelbon got the win.

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