Papelbon: Phillies Fans ‘Know More’ than Red Sox Nation. We have a feeling that Phillies fans are going to like their new closer if he keeps this up. Jonathan Papelbon, the former Red Sox finisher who signed a healthy four-year, $50-million deal with the Phils in the offseason, has already found the way to our hearts: by dissing other cities. And we’re still only in Spring Training.
In an interview with SportsRadio 94WIP this morning, Papelbon compared his old home to his new one:
“The difference between Boston and Philadelphia, the Boston fans are a little bit more hysterical when it comes to the game of baseball. The Philly fans tend to know the game a little better, being in the National League, you know, the way the game is played.”
Maybe a bit indirect, but we get your point Paps and we love it. Why the bad blood? Perhaps it started earlier this week when he was informed by the Dropkick Murphys that his entrance song, “Shipping Up to Boston,” was not to follow him to Philly. Lead singer and bassist Ken Casey told ESPN Music this week that Papelbon cannot use the song now that he pitches for the Phillies.
“That’s not Pap’s song,” Casey said. “That’s the [Red Sox] closer’s song.”
So first, we applaud Papelbon for speaking the truth about Red Sox and Phillies fans. And two, we need a new entrance song for our closer. Any suggestions? Oh, and while you’re at it Jonathan, perhaps you could say a word or two about Washington Nationals fans.
(Sportsradio 94 WIP, USA Today, MLB.com, h/t The20’s @dhm)
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