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Pappy Being Pappy

NEW YORK - JULY 04: Jonathon Papelbon #58 of the Boston Red Sox pitches in the ninth inning against the New York Yankees on July 4, 2008 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Colin CoulahanCorrespondent IMay 9, 2009

So, this may or may not be news to you, but Manny Ramirez has been suspended by MLB for violating the drug policy.

CSN took this opportunity to catch up with Manny's former team, the Boston Red Sox, to get their opinion on the situation.

And of all the guys who would give a professional and thought-out response, they chose Jonathon Papelbon.

I'll start with this: Papelbon does have a history of being blunt. There was the Manny is a cancer remark, and the All-Star Game quote last year.

But I like seeing stuff like this. Guys who don't have to go through the media training and give the same response over and over. The ones that go on like, so and so made a mistake, we'll stick by him, blah blah blah.

He also didn't bite when the reporter was trying to bait him, so he gets a star. Papelbon has that swagger that says I'm better than you and you can't do anything to prove me wrong. That carried into the interview, but he obviously held back.

This is what we should have more of. Players who will actually speak their mind, not what the team's PR people prepare. Because you know, original thoughts are dangerous and all. They make people THINK.

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