Jim Thome hit his 13th game-winning home run yesterday, good enough for a weird Major League record only the folks at Elias think about. It was also good enough for $5,000, according to Jonathan Papelbon. Paps came in to a 6-4 Phillies lead over the Tampa Bay Rays in the ninth inning and promptly gave it away on a pair of RBI singles.
"I came in the clubhouse, and I said 'Whoever walks this guy off, I'll give 'em five grand.' I didn't think Jim would do it right off the bat. ... I just wrote him a check for $5,000."
It was the 609th home run of Thome's career and he is now tied with Sammy Sosa for seventh place all-time. Thome denied that he got any money from Papelbon, but if you watch the video below, it sure looks like he asked for it.