This won't exactly put a dent in Jonathan's wallet but as a Yankee fan who only follows the big headlines about the Sox it intrigued me because I was not even aware that this is an on-going issue for the Boston closer. I can't recall ever thinking that Papelbon takes a particularly long time to deliver. Maybe that's because I only watch the Sox when they are playing the Yanks and those games always take 5 hours anyway so what's a couple extra seconds here and there? And if fines have been regularly handed out for this kind of thing, I expect Bernie Williams to have racked up millions for loitering at the plate and Robbie Cano to be well on his way given the world tour he takes after strike calls he doesn't like. And don't get me started on the mid-inning arias at YS. But back to Paps - if this gets him to cut the pucker out of his pre-pitch routine, I will be a happy man. And this raises the question:
What preparatory routine do you wish MLB would start fining?
For me looking at the Sox it is Paps' pucker and Youkilis' constipated belly-dance at the plate. As for the Yanks: Swisher looking up at the heaven's moments before every pitch and A-Rod's sleepy-eyed/semi-puckered lips when he's "cooly" collecting himself after a swinging strike.
Yes, I am very anti-pucker.