Papelbon Talks More Phillies Fans vs. Red Sox Fans

Jonathan Papelbon chilled in left field with some of his former Red Sox teammates during BP today at Bright House Field.

He is getting used to his new surroundings, but he certainly endeared himself to Phillies fans earlier this month, when he told WIP (610 AM) that Phillies fans are smarter than 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 told WIP. “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 explained himself further today.

“Obviously, I wasn’t trying to offend nobody, man,” he said. “I was just calling a spade a spade. I’ve been in the bullpen down there many times in Boston and this guy doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about. It happens in Philadelphia, too. I’ve been in the Philadelphia, but I was simply saying because the American League is different than the National League, there’s a little bit more thought process that goes along with that.”

So he wasn’t taking a shot at Boston fans?

“No,” he said. “I knew it was going to be read that way. But that’s the thing: I don’t really care. The fans that know me in Boston … it’s kind of irrelevant. But I’m not going to throw shots at Boston fans, no. They’ve been there for me for so many years. I was just making a statement National League vs. American League, you know? Bunting and all that. I can’t remember us bunting three times.”


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If he thinks he is going to see a lot of bunting now, he apparently doesn’t know much about Charlie Manuel.

BTW, don’t look at today’s boxscore unless you want to be depressed.

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I’m just glad the Phils signed Papelbon instead of Madson. That was terrible. I feel bad for Ryan, but not as bad as I would have if he were a Phil….

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