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Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

Posted on: March 8, 2012 2:34 pm
Edited on: March 8, 2012 2:36 pm
By Matt Snyder

New Phillies closer -- and former Red Sox closer -- Jonathan Papelbon has never been afraid to speak his mind. Thursday morning, he did so on a CBS radio affiliate in Philadelphia -- and it likely won't endear him any further to the Boston fans he left via free agency.

“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 (CBS Local). “The Philly fans tend to know the game a little better, being in the National League, you know, the way the game is played."

To be fair, it's tough to tell if an athlete is pandering to a new fan base when something like this is said, and he did say he enjoyed the Boston fans.

"I’ve had a guy take of his prosthetic leg and throw it in the bullpen in Boston,” Papelbon said (CBS Local). “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.”

So he wasn't attacking Boston or the Red Sox fans. Still, he did say Phillies fans are more knowledgeable and I can't imagine that sits well with Boston fans.

What say you, fans, was he right? Go ahead and vote, hash it out in the comments, whatever you wish ...

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Since: Aug 10, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 2:57 pm

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

Let's see what his feelings are after he has blown a few saves . Philly fans booed Santa . Papelbon is nothing .

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 2:57 pm

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

RCase -

we may be preschoolers but we show up EVERY day & night for 'class' -  

unlike you & your fellow braves fans who can't sell out a playoff game -

now go stand in the corner til recess

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: March 8, 2012 2:49 pm

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

comparing who knows more about baseball between pilly and boston is like comparing who is the smartest preschooler.

Since: Sep 29, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 2:45 pm

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

Who gives a frack? We got what we needed out of Paps...MLB has more non-stories than any league going. Bring back the amphetimines and the juice. Last season sucked.

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