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Papelbon: Philly fans 'know the game better'

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08:12 AM ET 03.09 | Jonathan Papelbon made an endearing pitch in Philly that likely won't play well in his former MLB hometown. [Papelbon], in an interview Thursday with CBS Radio in Philadelphia, was asked about the difference between the fans of the Phillies and the Red Sox. "The difference between Boston and Philadelphia, the Boston fans are a little bit more hysterical when it comes to the game of baseball," Papelbon said. "The Philly fans tend to know the game a little better, being in the National League, you know, the way the game is played." ... [Papelbon] was asked if he had excepted to remain with the Red Sox at the start of last offseason. "It was a situation where the Red Sox didn't really come at me the way I was expecting."

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March 9, 2012  08:15 AM ET

I'm going out on a limb right now and state that this thread will be the comment king today.

March 9, 2012  08:19 AM ET
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I'm going out on a limb right now and state that this thread will be the comment king today.

Seconded.

March 9, 2012  08:20 AM ET

"It was a situation where the Red Sox didn't really come at me the way I was expecting."

Or, in other words, "They didn't overpay like I was hoping and Philly did".

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March 9, 2012  08:40 AM ET

We do know baseball very well.

March 9, 2012  08:43 AM ET

It was just a matter of time.

March 9, 2012  08:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

We do know baseball very well.

Ever been to the FB threads?

March 9, 2012  08:51 AM ET

This thread will live on forever!

March 9, 2012  08:51 AM ET

How does Pappelbon even know what the Philly fans are like. He hasn't even played one game there yet? Always liked this guy, but he was never the sharpest knife in the draw.

March 9, 2012  08:52 AM ET
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How does Pappelbon even know what the Philly fans are like. He hasn't even played one game there yet? Always liked this guy, but he was never the sharpest knife in the draw.

He heard from a guy that knows a guy whose cousin is a Phillies fan.

March 9, 2012  08:56 AM ET

I can see what Paps is doing. He's trying to be endearing to his new Philly fans. The fact remains that the Red Sox were not willing to pay him what he wanted. The Red Sox had him in his prime, and won a World Series with him. Since then, he's been quite the adventure in the 9th inning. Clean innings are rare for him. He throws a straight fastball at 93 mph that hitters can hit. So long Paps, it was a nice run while it lasted. Now go blow some games for Roy and Cliff.

March 9, 2012  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

How does Pappelbon even know what the Philly fans are like. He hasn't even played one game there yet? Always liked this guy, but he was never the sharpest knife in the draw.

He has a 10th grade education and mentality. He has never really been an eloquent speaker.

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March 9, 2012  09:00 AM ET

I love the fact that the Dropkick Murphys told him that he can't use their song anymore.

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March 9, 2012  09:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I can see what Paps is doing. He's trying to be endearing to his new Philly fans. The fact remains that the Red Sox were not willing to pay him what he wanted. The Red Sox had him in his prime, and won a World Series with him. Since then, he's been quite the adventure in the 9th inning. Clean innings are rare for him. He throws a straight fastball at 93 mph that hitters can hit. So long Paps, it was a nice run while it lasted. Now go blow some games for Roy and Cliff.

I have a bad feeling that after watching Andrew Bailey, you may feel diffrentley.

March 9, 2012  09:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

I can see what Paps is doing. He's trying to be endearing to his new Philly fans. The fact remains that the Red Sox were not willing to pay him what he wanted. The Red Sox had him in his prime, and won a World Series with him. Since then, he's been quite the adventure in the 9th inning. Clean innings are rare for him. He throws a straight fastball at 93 mph that hitters can hit. So long Paps, it was a nice run while it lasted. Now go blow some games for Roy and Cliff.

Well stated.

Coming out of the gym last night I turned on the MLB XM station 89, and the comments were precisely that. He knows what he's saying, and why he's saying it. Philly fans are what they are. He's throwing a little bacon out there for them. They'll eat it up, and the Papeldrama will go on.

Indeed he hasn't so much as scratched his balls on a mound in Philadelphia. This is just Pap-talk.

I remember when Papelbon was first brought up from the minors, and pitched a few games a a starter. Then the closer role evolved, and he shined for a few years. And now... he gets to be overpaid for what he was. Good on him I say.

See ya!

 
March 9, 2012  09:04 AM ET
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I have a bad feeling that after watching Andrew Bailey, you may feel diffrentley.

I think it will be a matter of if he can stay healthy.

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