His departure via free agency this past offseason was painful, but it did nothing to diminish his vast accomplishments in Boston. Or the mark he left on fans with his quirky (often outlandish) personality.
So while the Red Sox hope they don’t have to face their former closer at any point this weekend, fans can spend the series celebrating the memories that Papelbon left them with during six-and-a-half great seasons in Fenway.
There are a lot of them, as is expected for someone with 219 saves in his Red Sox career. And it goes beyond mere statistics.