(NEW YORK) Former Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon was with the team for seven seasons, won a World Series with the team in 2007, and was one of the more popular players on the team. Now in his first season with the Philadelphia Phillies, Papelbon has put Boston in his rearview mirror and is ready to be embraced by Philly fans.
“It’s a religion [in Boston]. It’s a way of life,” Papelbon said on 94 WIP’s Angelo Cataldi and The Morning Team. “[Fans] come to the field and they expect certain things out of the players…It’s an environment where you put up or shut up and I enjoyed that. That’s what got my motor running everyday…I’ve had a guy take off his prosthetic leg and throw it in the bullpen in Boston and want me to sign it.”
Papelbon also went onto say, “The Philly fans tend to know the game a little better, being in the National League, you know, the way the game is played.”
The Phillies pursued Papelbon heavily in free agency, signing him to a four-year $50 million contract during the offseason.
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Jill Martin, CNN