Papelbon restrains unruly fan at bullpen fence

Papelbon restrains unruly fan at bullpen fence

PHILADELPHIA -- A fan ran onto the field and tried to scale the center-field fence to enter the Phillies' bullpen late in Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Braves.

That's as far as he got.

Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon hopped up from his seat on the bench in the bullpen and held the fan at the fence until security arrived.

"I just reacted," he said. "I didn't want him coming into the bullpen, doing something stupid or crazy. I was just trying to help out security. I didn't see security."

It wasn't the first time Papelbon had seen that happen. He said fans have leaped into the Red Sox bullpen at Fenway Park.

"It's not anything new," he said.

So Papelbon just grabbed the fan and held him until security arrived?

"I put him in a sleeper hold," he said. "That's about it."

Did he say anything?

"He just went, 'Aggggh,'" he said, mimicking a choking sound.