Papelbon: Phillies Fans Know Baseball Better Than Red Sox Fans

BOSTON (CBS) – Former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon had some interesting things to say about Red Sox fans Thursday morning.

On with 94WIP’s Angelo Cataldi and The Morning Team in Philadelphia, Papelbon was asked to compare Red Sox fans to Phillies fans.

“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.”

“I’ve had a guy take off his prosthetic leg and throw it in the bullpen in Boston,” Papelbon said.

“It’s a religion. It’s a way of life. They come to the field and they expect certain things out of players. It’s an environment where you put up or shut up. I enjoyed that. It got my motor running every day.”

Papelbon spent the first seven years of his career in Boston, saving 219 games in 248 chances for the Red Sox.

When he hit free agency over the winter, he expected a bigger push from the Sox brass, but never received it.

“It was a situation where the Red Sox didn’t really come at me the way I was expecting them to come at me in the off-season. And I told my agent that the first team that shows me interest and shows me loyalty, I’m going to show that right back to them, and that was Philadelphia,” he said.

In return, Papelbon inked a four-year, $50 million deal with Philadelphia.

  • Jim Nicholson

    Pap clearly doesn’t know the difference between hysterical and passion. We all got hysterical over the lack of passion that led to the collapse of Sept 2011. How is that for an analogy? I think even Pap might understand that.

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  • "carla"

    jon, jon, jon, don’t be cranky since the dropkick murphy’s have said you can’t use “shippin up to boston.”. i’m sure they’ll come up with some other music for you in philly. me and the baaaaaaaaaaaah boys at “carla’s place” still thank you for all you did over the years and wish you well. if you & your new mates are at fenway during the season, we’ll still lift a glass to ya. stay away from the cheese steaks though.

  • Jared

    Why that two faced, no good, back stabbing……

  • 1stackmack

    ls it just me or did pap.always seem.well be polite.he was a pickled up drunk every time he by jonathan.good luck if you want to come back..

  • Snwqn

    Of course he said that, he’s playing there now. I wouldn’t expect him to start off in a new city by saying that fans in his old city were smarter.

  • Former New Yorker turned New Englander

    David Wade’s comment in regards to the radio hosts in Philly not being unbiased was such a joke since he and Paula went directly into a biased conversation about Papelbon. You can’t have it both ways.

  • Cynthia

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA….Sounds like sour grapes and a face saving move for Mr Papelbon….can’t bring myself to call him Pap any more………

  • Matt

    Nothing he said was wrong. Most people do not understand how to play the game with using a pitcher instead of a DH. There is alot more stratgy involved but I would not expect most of these idiots around here to understand that.

  • blackbear1

    Pap is still in spring training. He hasn’t even arrived in Philly yet. Their fans are akin to the British soccer “hooligans”. Wait until he blows his first save.
    The baseball knowledge of Boston fans will stand up to any city, easily.
    Because he is now in the National League, I hope he is ready to field a lot of bunts playing small ball.

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