He may be wacky and nutty, but he sure knows how to close out ball games. And he is full of passion, just like Philly fans.
Without further ado and/or eloquence, I introduce to you Jonathan Papelbon, the new Phillies closer, and the ultimate answer to replacing Ryan Madson.
Not only are the Phils replacing Madson, but they are also upgrading at the closer position.
As long as Papelbon can keep his cool and continue to shut the door on opponents, not only will he have a very successful career in Philly, but he will instantly become a fan favorite.
He has played and won in Boston, which is just as demanding, if not more, than Philadelphia. He knows pressure and operates like the ninth inning was a Sunday stroll.
For a four-year, $50 million deal, he better produce numbers, or else the City of Brotherly Love will have another Ilya Bryzgalov situation to deal with.
While Madson is no longer in the picture, the Phillies have many arms in the bullpen that can step up and dominate teams in later innings. They also upgraded by acquiring arguably the best closer in the game today.
Madson served his time in Philly and was great to the club, but the Phillies have all the right tools to move forward, returning to the World Series.