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Jonathan Papelbon: Phillies Fans More Knowledgeable Than Red Sox Fans

By Spike Eskin

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Jonathan Papelbon hasn’t been a member of the Philadelphia Phillies for very long, but he already notices a difference between Phillies fans and Red Sox 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 in an interview with 94WIP’s Angelo Cataldi and The Morning Team.  “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. Even though Red Sox fans can be extreme at times, Papelbon used it to his advantage. “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.”

When he became a free-agent, Papelbon says he expected more from the Red Sox. “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.

What if that team showing loyalty and interest would have been the Yankees? “You hate ’em when you play in between the lines. 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,” he said.

“I really don’t even care to be totally honest. Honestly, I could not be happier,” Papelbon said.

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  • Manhattanbeach

    Pap proves once again that he is paid for his arm, not his brain.

  • witchrunner

    Just wondering about Pap. Is he saying he doesn’t know the game so well because he’s only played in the AL? Maybe he is saying that having a bunch of fanatical fans who treat it like a religion isn’t good, so he wants only people who sit there quietly and act “intellectual?”

    In reality, I think he was just kissing up to his new home town fans. No harm really meant, just kinda what you are supposed to say, as in “glad I’m here!”

  • mike

    Surprise surprise! Im not a Red Sox Fan, but I always thought he was a classless piece of trash! Too bad talent is wasted on a loser like him.

  • silence dogood

    I have “googled” the ‘LEG’ incident — it never happened.

    • Esteban Corderon

      Just because it’s not on google does not mean it did not happen. Was it ever reported in the first place? I’m sure people yelled certain slurs at him and those won’t be found on Google. What I had for breakfast this morning will not be found on Google.

      • silence dogood

        This press in Boston is sll over the Sox. It would have been reported. It can not be found in the archieves of The Boston Globe or the Boston Herald (or google). Slurs at who?

  • Dennis

    What do you expect from a hick like him with comment like that good ridden Papelbon hope you fall on your face at philly those fans are unforgiven when it come to unpreforming you’ll see your turn will change fast. and i love to hear what you’ll say about them after they fine out your a bum yes a bum.

    • CM

      unforgiving? dead wrong.

  • Whyyawannakno

    Why does anyone care what Pap says? The fact that he said this after leaving Boston says way more about him than it will ever say about a red Sox fan or any baseball fan. Maybe the reason Sox fans gave him a hard time was because the Sox have the highest ticket prices in baseball. Although that could be more evidence we aren’t too smart in Boston because we keep shelling out the money to sit in litle seats with nitwits constatly getting up and down in front of you.

  • PJ

    Papelbon has seen his best years. We Red Sox fans are glad to be rid of him. I’m tired of cringing in the ninth when he comes in to blow the save. We don’t call him Papel-blown for nothing.

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  • Hank

    I’ve had a guy take of his prosthetic leg and throw it in the bullpen in Boston,” ——–I’m no journalist,but I believe Papelbon meant “take off”. Do you guys have editors?

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  • billbuckner

    red sox fans like to brag about thir sellout streak, but if yankee stadium only held 36,000, theyd have a sekkout streak dating back to 1996….the sox couldnt sellout tiny fenway before 2003, dedicated fans huh? once they got good in 03 and almost made the world series, the sellout streak began…ask any REAL long time pats or red sox fans, and theyll tell ya the bulk of their fans arrived after titles were finally fans show win or lose and arent drunken foul mouthed messes at games…im sure paps is just speaking from years of experience dealing with sox fans, so id say he knows what hes saying

    • rocko

      I remember ALOT of empty seats at yankee stadium when things weren’t going well in the Bronx.

      • butkuslg

        Again, Yankee Stadium hold 56,000 plus seats. Fenway 36,000+.
        thus sure you will see empty seats at Yankee Stadium.
        That is what ‘billbuckner’ meant ‘if Yankee Stadium ONLY held 36000+ they would have sold out a lot longer than Fenway.
        Come on Rocko… With a dumb comment like that, I think ‘Rocko’ has Rocks in his Head.
        Oh well Typical Red sox fan!!!

  • jon

    only red sox fans think they are considered some of the best in baseball, msot people just lump you in with yankee fans now, loud arrogant and one considers red sox fans some of the best in baseball, listen to what a lot of your former players have said about you and the organization

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  • Umad?

    A lot of butthurt Redsox fans here. Not that the pain is anything new for men from Boston.

  • redsoxfan2112

    Papelbon can’t say that Phillies fans,are more knowledgeable about the game of baseball than Red Sox fans. I think Sox fans, and Cardinal fans are probably the best as far as that goes. And wait until he blows a couple saves. Philadelphia sports fans, these are the people that booed Santa Claus. They booed Mike Schmidt, and they will boo Pap too.

    • Slide

      Why do you people keep bringing up things that happened in the past? I’m a Phillies fan and I’m not rude or arrogant.

    • philliesfan2112

      he just did

  • ElGuapo

    Yeah, Paps. In Boston, we throw prosthetic legs. In Philly, they throw up on kids. Adios, amigo.

    • Slide

      Really? All Phillies fans do that? Are you intentionally trying to offend people from Philadelphia? That’s a really ignorant thing to say. That was one individual. You’re going to have incidents at every venue, in every city, for every sport. It says nothing about that fanbase as a whole. Look at the unfortunate event that took place at the Dodgers ballpark where that man was attacked. Does that mean all Dodgers fans are like that? No, it does not. You are all my brothers and sisters. Why do you have to make sports a means to divide us?

      • Joe

        As a Red Sox fan I agree with you.

  • Ryan

    Papelbon is right. Philly fans were smarter to stay home when their team sucked up until 4 years ago. Boston fans would never do something so smart as that.

  • dotguy

    Pap doesn’t know the rules of baseball….how could he tell ? His fastball clocks higher than his IQ

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  • critter

    Sorry pap but you don’t speak for the fans of red sox and most baseball fans don’t know the rules of baseball so don’t start with me.

    • Rick

      EASY CRITTER. You don’t want to scare Papelbon TOO much!

      • SDABOB

        Wait till his wife gets beer thrown at his kids get swore at so they are afraid to go to the game

    • saucY

      you hear that Pap! don’t start with critter! or he’ll get mad at you on the internet!!!

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