Jonathan Papelbon has only been a Philadelphia Phillie for the first couple weeks of spring training, and he's already developed a theory on the difference between Philly fans and the fans of his old ballclub, the Boston Red Sox.
“The difference between Boston and Philadelphia, the Boston fans are a little bit more hysterical when it comes to the game of baseball,” Papelbon said in a local radio interview, according to CBS. “The Philly fans tend to know the game a little better, being in the National League, you know, the way the game is played."
Papelbon, now 31, spent seven years with the Red Sox, who originally drafted him in the fourth round in 2003. He was the team's full-time closer for six seasons and notched 219 saves, a franchise record. He then turned around and agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal with the Phillies in November. “It was a situation where the Red Sox didn’t really come at me the way I was expecting them to come at me in the offseason," Papelbon said. "I told my agent that the first team that shows me interest and shows me loyalty, I’m going to show that right back to them, and that was Philadelphia."