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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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Comments

Since: Feb 29, 2012
Posted on: March 9, 2012 9:58 am
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

us here folks in sant louis are perty dern smart too. smart nough to stay where the good team plays. how bout that there richie allen in phillie. i think he wored himself a batters hat in the out field sos he wood not get hit in da bean...what ya got to say bout that smart guy?



Since: Aug 30, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 9:55 am
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

I tend to agree with Papelbon's comments. I now live in Upstate NY but my heart is still in Philadelphia where I was raised. It's funny; every new season I enjoy spring and the new seasons. I am also a devoted Yankees fan also. So each yr. I look forward to a Phillies-Yankees World Series. And I believe that both of our fan bases are more knowledgeable than Boston's. Now both leagues better watch out for the Phil's triple threat pitching. And with Papelbon closing this team is now that much more dangerous. More knowledgeable...that's an understatement!




Since: Feb 26, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 9:13 am
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

Papelbon has never pitched for Philly in Philly and the prosthetic leg is a refrence to the song Shipping up to Boston which was Papelbon's entrance song in Boston.  The leader of the Dropkick Murphys took the song away yesterday.   I'm shipping up to Boston to find my wooden leg. 
So Philly fans gain some knowledge



Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 9:12 am
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

One thing I disagree with on alot of these posts are the users who say Paps did such a bad job and blame him mainly for last years debacle. I dont really care what Paps said but the fact is he did a hell of a job for the Sox and I for one appreciate it. Yes he may not have been as dominant as his first year or two but then again very few people are. I also agree with the poster who said it was sour grapes, I think he wanted to stay with the Sox but when they didnt want to pay that cash he went to Philly. I say good for him and good for Philly. I wish thwem luck. Lastly to the poster who said something to the effect of a "real fan doesnt root for more than 1 team" I say get a clue.



Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2012 9:03 am
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

ball 1, ball 2, ball 3 and ball 4 Papelgone.



Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 9:02 am
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

Papelbon just sounds like he has sour grapes. If he were still in Boston he would make no such comment about how knowledgable fans are. He is just unhappy that the Red Sox didn't make him a bigger offer than the Phillies did.

I'm sure all baseball towns have smart fans and dumb fans. Being from Chicago, on both sides of town you have fans who are quite knowledgable about the game, and you have the morons who just want to get drunk and throw stuff on the field. I'm sure it is equally true in Boston or Philadelphia. In any event Papelbon is just going which way the wind blows.




Since: Dec 18, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2012 8:57 am
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

I did not know papelbon was so intelligent, we know that in Philly its nice to hear it from papelbon.





Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: March 9, 2012 8:54 am
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

Honestly, I'd say that all of the northeast teams plus Chicago and maybe Detroit have the best sports fans.  I think that knowledge level is pretty much the same.  There are some really intellegent fans who follow their team as well as others and there are some idiots in each city on ONLY follow their own team and don't have perspective.

On a side note; I do think that Philly fans get a raw deal by the media which severly taints our reputation.  One guy decides to throw a D-cell battery at J.D. Drew but listenting to the coverage of it, you'd think that all Philly fans came to the game equipped with batteries strictly for the purpose of tossing them at him.  And the Santa thing is completely misunderstood and was in 1969.

  



Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2012 8:50 am
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

 "no team in baseball sells out when their team isn't good"

I agree, as long as you leave out the Cubs.



Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 8:47 am
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

list of total attendance always lines up to best teams.  no team in baseball sells out when their team isn't good.  don't care which city we are talking about.  knowledgeable fans?  what does that even mean?  i would think that real baseball fans in any city know the game.  


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