In his own inimitable style, new Philadelphia Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon took some time on Thursday to share his comments on a Philly radio station about the differences between fans at his former home with the Boston Red Sox and his new home with the Phillies.
Papelbon, never at a loss for words, was a guest on Philadelphia's 94-WIP when he decided to share his opinion about the intelligence of fans in both cities:
The difference between Boston and Philadelphia, the Boston fans are a little bit more hysterical when it comes to the game of baseball. The Philly fans tend to know the game a little better, being in the National League, you know, the way the game is played.
Papbelbon went on to elaborate further, citing a story to back up his "hysterical" claim.
"I’ve had a guy take off his prosthetic leg and throw it in the bullpen in Boston," Papelbon claimed.
Papelbon, who signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Phillies after spending seven seasons in Boston, also discussed the rivalry between the Sox and New York Yankees.
You hate ‘em when you play in between the lines. But there’s a fine line here. That hate and that passion to beat them was in between the lines, and that was it. I would have definitely entertained the decision to go to the Yankees if that was there, but obviously it wasn’t.
Reaction on Twitter following Papelbon's interview was indeed passionate. Here is a sampling of just some of the comments offered by Tweeters in reference to Mr. Papelbon.
Note: The entire Papelbon interview can be heard HERE.