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Same Guy, Different Location

I’m not going to go too deep with this one, but I still feel the need to touch on it. Essentially, Jonathan Papelbon, in a radio interview, said that Phillies fans are smarter than Red Sox fans. If you would like a more in-depth recap of what was said, Peter Abraham of the Globe has it for you here.

Before getting too angry at Pap, let’s make sure we are all on the same page with a few things.

  1. Papelbon, regardless of uniform, is the same guy.
  2. Papelbon will not be splitting any atoms in the near future.
  3. Papelbon feels disrespected by the Red Sox.

Now that that is out of the way, don’t we all feel a little bit better about his comments?

Papelbon is an individual. He decided that he wanted to close games instead of start them. He forfeited the opportunity to make significantly more money because his heart was that of a closers’, not a starters’. I respect that.

Papelbon is not the most cerebral guy around. That’s really all that needs to be said there.

Papelbon believes that Boston should have pursued him a bit more this winter: “The Red Sox didn’t really come at me the way I was expecting them to come at me in the off-season.” Come on, Pap. You and the Sox have been going year-to-year since the Clinton administration. There was no long-term, big money deal at the end of the tunnel. You knew it. I knew it. My cat knew it. The Phillies screwed up big time by offering you such a ridiculous contract ended up giving you the deal that you had always longed for. Good for you. Seriously.

Personally, Papelbon’s comments did not offend me because I have an understanding of the hamster that runs on the wheel inside of Cinco-Ocho’s brain. Here is the part that troubles me the most: If you’re an athlete who not only experiences success in Boston but thrives here, like Papelbon, why would you not go out of your way to be sure your legacy remains intact? Leave, but don’t slam the door on the way out.

I mean, you won a World Series in Boston. For God’s sake, how many people walking around the planet Earth can say that?

Papelbon is simply attempting to endear himself to the fans of Philadelphia, a city he will be spending a great deal of time in over the course of the next four years. I get it. I just hope he realizes that he has a lot to accomplish there in order to measure up with what he did in Boston.

Unlike Papelbon, we will not forget what he did for us.

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4 thoughts on “Same Guy, Different Location

  1. Jorge on said:

    On other news, the GREAT COMPENSATION we recieved from the Cubs, Chris Carpenter gave up four runs in one-plus innnins of relief Thursday against the Cardinals..

    Theo 1 Cherington 0

  2. I was never a big Paplebon fan – too much like Beckett in attitude, exlosions, and lack of accountability.

    On a new topic, what about the acquisition of John Lannan of the Nationals as a piece of the puzzle?

  3. Interesting. It’s ironic because Beckett, when it comes to how he pitches, is very accountable. If he pitches poorly, he says that to the media. This chicken and beer stuff has probably overshadowed that, however.

    Papelbon grew tiresome, at times, but he was ultimately a really good pitcher who didn’t try to be anyone else. I hope we don’t miss him too badly this year.

    • Pap was extremely accountable his entire time with the sox. Was always in his locker after a game to answer to reporters and always took responsibility if he had a poor outing. Never made excuses.

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