Jonathon Papelbon has handled his departure from Boston to Philadelphia very well up until now. And we’ll even venture to say that Papelbon would have continued to handle very well if he never had to do an interview on a Philly radio station. Because we all know you have to rip your former team when you’re doing an interview in Philly. It’s like a law or something.
So the fact that Papelbon stated that Philly fans know more about baseball than Boston fans and that he thought about signing with the Yankees all in the same interview shouldn’t really surprise you.
“The difference between Boston and Philadelphia, the Boston fans are a little bit more hysterical when it comes to the game of baseball,” Papelbon told the CBS affiliate. “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.
That’s great to know. But how does he feel about the Red Sox’s effort to re-sign him? He’s glad you asked.
“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,” he said. “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.”
And what‘s all that talk about joining the Yankees?
“You hate ‘em when you play in between the lines,” Papelbon said of the Sox’ rivals. “But there’s a fine line here. That hate and that passion to beat them was in between the lines, and that was it. I would have definitely entertained the decision to go to the Yankees if that was there, but obviously it wasn’t.
“I really don’t even care to be totally honest. Honestly, I could not be happier.”
Looks like Papelbon is fitting in nicely in Philly.