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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: Dec 5, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2012 3:53 am
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Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2012 2:08 am
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

2 Cool for You....


Now I see why you're so bitter.  You're a Braves fan...ROFL.  Have you enjoyed getting pummeled and losing the NL East to the Phillies the last few years?  Has getting swept in September series to prevent playoff berths made you angry?  Enjoy the season, clown, you're overrated Braves may not even finish in 2nd place.  Oh, and maybe Dan Uggla can hit over .200 for more than 2 months this year.   LMAO




Since: Apr 3, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2012 1:27 am
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

Philly, Boston, New York, Chicago and Detroit are the preminent spots because of their salary cap and they can sign better player, it has nothing to do with coaching or an ability to train talent.



Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 1:03 am
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

Not that this question actually matters, but:  How does Papelbon even know Philly fans well enough to make such a declaration?  

Regardless, he's doing exactly what he should.  Most Red Sox fans wish him the best.  

Philly, Boston, New York, Chicago and Detroit (in no particular order) are the preeminent sports cities in the U.S., for better or worse.  There's no reason to debate their relative merits. 



Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:46 am
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

The term fan is short for fanatical, and by definition of the word fanatical, "a little bit more hysterical" could be interperted as a more dedicated fan. (A compliment). But try not to put much stock in the closers opinion, after all.  not all Red Sox fans reside in Boston.  Nor do all Red Sox fans attend games.  Use a wider sample when comparing the collective knowledge between fan bases'. I don't think the bullpen hecklers would count for much. 





Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:30 am
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

PAPELBON! PAPELBON! PAPELBON!


that dumb mick band can keep their stupid song. Paps deserves better anyways. maybe 'aces high' by iron maiden. phillies gonna win it all.   



Since: Aug 17, 2009
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:27 am
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

Red Sox fans are kind of pathetic actually.... Like it's the only thing in their lives....  Just saying...



Since: Jan 10, 2010
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:05 am
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

ive seen fans jump into a penalty box at a flyers game, ive seen fans get tazed, fans shining laser lights in players eyes, and dumping beers on players heads at phillie games, and we all know how much eagles fans love santa....come on philidelphia fan!!!   to say that your fan base doesnt thug it up is like trying to tell me the pope isnt cathlolic! u have earned your "thug fan" nickname. dont try to pretend you are innocent! w/ that being said, i will root for any phili sport team over any boston team till the day i die. if i were phillie fan, id be worried that papelbon will choked it off like he did last game of the season against the mighty orioles! even though u are a phillie papelbon, your ego is bigger than the state of texas and ....u are, and always will be a CHOKER!



Since: Jan 23, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:49 pm
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

When was the last time the Reds won a World Series?  Hell, when was the last time the Reds were even in a World Series?


Idiotic = the Cincinnati fan who decided to shoot off at the mouth about losing professional sports teams.  A) the Reds are a joke every year (didn't the Phillies sweep the Reds in the playoffs and no-hit them?...ROFL) and  B)the Bengals are probably the worst franchise in all of professional sports.

---Not a Reds fan, a BoSox fan, or a Phillies fan BUT - How can you claim to have the most knowledgable baseball fans when you're asking questions like this? I mean... really!   



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 11:48 pm
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

R2C2, I accept the correction.  Thanks.

So one could say that the Eagles fans were actually defending real Santa Clauses everywhere, against this clown who was giving them all a bad name.  So somehow the fans got the bad name instead.  No good deed goes unpunished . . .



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