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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: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:16 pm
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

I'll wait to see what Papelbon's opinion of Phillies fans will be cum July, especially if he's blown a bunch of saves.



Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:15 pm
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

Boston fans have never been smart enough to assault Santa Claus with snowballs.
Iceman, up until I read your 9:10 post I was ready to assume that there really is not much difference between the two fan bases, but if you're representative of the level of knowledge of Boston fans, maybe I shouldn't make that concession.  (1) The Santa Claus incident didn't happen at a Phillies game.  It happened at an Eagles game.  (Duh--December, you know?)  (2) It happened over 40 years ago.  (3) As I understand it, they weren't responding unfavorably to Santa Claus as such; they were booing a bad actor who was doing a lousy job of playing him--in other words, they were booing someone who was desecrating Santa.  So there!

More seriously, I had a chuckle over the article (and no, don't call me a chucklehead), since our own fans--or, as we call ourselves, Phans--have sometimes been called "hysterical" by the unknowledgeable.  But certainly I don't see any conflict between being knowledgeable fans (as Papelbon says we are) and being fans who expect certain things from the team (as Papelbon says Red Sox fans are).  And I gather he's never been the most articulate guy anyway.  So I won't argue with anyone who says that there's really not much difference between Red Sox fans and Phillies Phans--except for those Sox fans stupid enough to mention "Santa Claus" and "Phillies fans" in the same sentence.  A word to the wise--or not-so-wise, as your case may be.


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Since: Mar 5, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:13 pm
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Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:08 pm
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

Next year you Philly fans are gonna be watching a Roy Halladay gem being twirled, but hes only gonna go 8 and you will look at the clock and say "wow fast game" and then Papelbon is gonna come in for the 9th and take a half hour for that half inning, not because he lets people on base or blows the game but because between every pitch he has to walk around the mound, move some dirt around, 5 tries to get his right foot on the mound perfectly, the 5 more for the left foot, then he has to take a DEEEEP breath out as he turns to face the hitter like hes tough and scary, shakes off a pitch or two, comes set and finally throws pitch #1. Hes a clown.  



ROFLMAO.


Dude, this is so funny because it drives me CRAZY when pitchers walk around the mound and have to go through this long procedure to throw a pitch.  I'm sure you're right JoeBeans......it's gonna drive me NUTS.  But I'll deal with it as long as he's a good closer.  Most of the responses on here indicate that people think Closers NEVER a blow a game.  Here's some news folks.....it happens sometimes.  These guys aren't perfect either.  It's just a matter of HOW MANY games they blow. 


Last year, Papelbon blew a total of THREE games.  He had a 0.93 WHIP, a 2.94 ERA, 31 Savesand only walked 10 hitters in 64 innings.  I don't really understand what all these people ripping his on the field performance are talking about.  Sure, he blew the last game of the year against Baltimore......but it was his THIRD Blown Save of the season.  

      
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Since: Feb 29, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:07 pm
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

Whinniest????? I would love to know your experience with Boston fans. You were probably wearing a yankees hat or something. For Paps to say we dont know the game , is pretty foolish. Boston has been a baseball city forever and just cause we are so passionate about our teams doesnt mean we dont know the game. Its not our fault that in the recent years that we enjoyed all 4 of our big sports team have won the big one at east once. Boston is the best city for sports that there is , and we have the best fans...If you dont like it, dont come to Fenway


MASS CHICKEN
Since: Mar 5, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:58 pm
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Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:47 pm
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

I rooted for the Red Sox to beat the Yankees every year. But once the Sox won, i regretted ever wanting them to win.  Everyone and their sister is a Sox fan, and Fenway is baseball heaven and blah blah blah...  Being from Philly, I definately DO NOT like NY teams or their fans much, but I will never root for the sox to beat the Yankees again, at least the Yankee fans (for the most part) act like winners. I will even go as far as to say I like NY fans WAY better than Boston fans.



Since: Oct 11, 2008
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:47 pm
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

As a fan I could care less how much about the game my fellow fans know.  I could sit in a stadium full of people where I am the only one who knows the game....and I wouldn't care.  He is just stroking 'yuse guys' in philly. 



Since: Oct 18, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:46 pm
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

His name is Papelbum for a reason.



Since: Jan 24, 2012
Posted on: March 8, 2012 9:34 pm
 

Papelbon: Philly fans know more than Boston fans

I have met a number of Red Sox fans over the years. My experience with them is that they are extremely self-absorbed and earnestly believe that you want to hear them talk about the Red Sox ad nauseum. It rarely seems to occur to them that you might be even slightly interested in talking about another team--or anything else for that matter. My wife used to believe that I was exaggerating when I would say so. Then one night we were at a Padres game with a number of family members of a girl from Boston. One of our sons was dating the girl at the time. After the game and having witnessed their behavior, my wife said that I had even understated their self-absorption with the Red Sox. When it comes to Phillies fans, I really have no direct experience. (By the way, though I live near San Diego now and enjoy Padre games and count myself as a Padre fan, I am first, foremost, and always a White Sox fan.)


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