Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon didn’t say anything overly unreasonable in this interview Wednesday afternoon with Julian Benbow of the Boston Globe, but his comments are sure to bother somebody out there. Here’s an excerpt …
“The Red Sox are a part of who I am, man,” Papelbon said before Wednesday’s game between the Sox and Phils. “I don’t really feel much like a Phillie.”
“Boston’s where I was born and raised. It’s kind of like that, you know. It’s the city you were born and raised in.”
“It’s been a tough transition over here,” the 34-year-old right-hander continued. “I’m not going to lie. It’s been tough. Tough getting used to the way it is here. … It’s two totally different organizations. The way they’re ran, the way they’re coached, the players that are on them. Two totally different styles of baseball. I don’t know if I can honestly tell you if I’m even used to it yet.”
Papelbon is in the fourth year of a four-year, $50 million contract. He’ll be trade bait all summer.