Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon pitches in to help the Dropkick Murphys support a good cause

Jonathan Papelbon (credit: Andre Lambiase)

Note to self: when choosing people to hurl tomatoes at you while you’re on stage singing karaoke, be VERY careful who you allow on the firing line.

Otherwise you might end up like Dropkick Murphys’ bassist Ken Casey, who during a recent charity event put on to benefit the Claddagh Fund,was put on his back thanks to a tomato fired from the hand of Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon (see photo).

The fearsome pitcher was just one of many celebrities to appear at the event, dubbed the “Rotten Tomato Karaoke Party,” which was held July 21 at the Barking Crab restaurant in Boston, Mass. Also on hand was Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton, famed boxer Micky Ward, and Red Sox outfielder Josh Reddick amongst others.

Together the athletes and musicians joined forces to help raise money for non-profits that champion the causes of children, veterans and those suffering from alcohol and drug addiction.

While Casey may have taken it on the chin this time, at least he did it for an organization that he himself founded. And plus, it wasn’t like this was la tomatina festival in Spain.

Now that could have gotten messy.

Watch video of Papelbon’s fateful toss during the Rotten Tomato Karaoke Party here:

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Author: Michael Cimaomo

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