Papelbon just trying to become Philly fan favorite

New Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon would be better off letting his arm do the talking. (Matt Slocum/AP)

New Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon tried to win the hearts of Phillies fans by throwing a couple of shots at the fans of his former team earlier this week. I am sure this made most Phillies fans feel as though he is now one of us, but I don’t exactly see it that way. I hate fakeness. I don’t fall for the spring training mind-screws that occur, and I surely don’t appreciate bad mouthing anyone who treated you good for many years.

Papelbon, in an interview with Philly sports radio station WIP, stated he believes Phillies fans are more educated than Boston fans. He said Boston fans are more hysterical and the baseball culture around Beantown is more of a religion, where Red Sox fans naturally love it but don’t understand it. In my experience this is completely untrue. Not that Papelbon shouldn’t feel this way, but how can he so soon? He has only been a Phillie for a small period of time and surely can’t compare the atmosphere he has won championships in to that of a spring training in Clearwater, Fla. He spent years being praised by these same fans he says aren’t as knowledgeable because “they don’t know the National League game.” How could they? They don’t play in the National League.

I am sure his comments patronized Red Sox fans as much as they thrilled Phillies fans, but let’s be honest, nothing he says in the media really makes a difference. Sure, if the Phillies meet the Red Sox in the World Series, then his words may have a little more meaning. For now, there is nothing for Red Sox or Phillies fans to take from this. Papelbon is Pabelbon and that will not change. He is eccentric. Red Sox fans know this already, but Phillies fans are just starting to learn. I am sure when we play New York, he will make some comments, and then he may even help juice up this Nationals rivalry that Washington is promoting.

For now, let’s hope his comments become relevant in the future. A Boston vs. Philly World Series would be awesome! What more would an educated fan want?


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  1. Kevin that statement could not be much truer. It is insane how much a little bit of winning can change a fan base. Ive had season tickets for the Phillies since Veterans Stadium and the fans attending the game now are not anything like those from the past. Part of me hopes a few losing seasons will get the bandwagon jumpers out and get things back to what they were but as a fan you cant wish for that.

  2. This was obnoxious.  Because Pap is soooo in touch with Philly. As a Bostonian, he is not entirely wrong.  My impression of a game at Fenway is in line with Bill Veeck’s idea that “in 20 years of moving around a
    ballpark…the knowledge of the game is usually in inverse
    proportion to the price of the seats.”  Definitely applies.

  3. What’s hilarious and ironic is that the intelligent fans in Philly were livid when they heard the Phillies had signed Papelbon for as much and as long as they did.

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