“I’ve had a guy take of his prosthetic leg and throw it in the bullpen in Boston,” claims former Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, who despite having yet to throw a single pitch in anger at Citizens Bank Park, has already declared his new team’s fans to be intellectual superior to the Massholes he’s left behind. From CBS Philadelphia’s Spike Eskin (link swiped from Repoz and Baseball Think Factory) :
“The difference between Boston and Philadelphia, the Boston fans are a little bit more hysterical when it comes to the game of baseball,” Phillies reliver Papelbon said in an interview with 94WIP’s Angelo Cataldi and The Morning Team. “The Philly fans tend to know the game a little better, being in the National League, you know, the way the game is played.
Even though Red Sox fans can be extreme at times, Papelbon used it to his advantage. “It’s a religion. It’s a way of life. They come to the field and they expect certain things out of players. It’s an environment where you put up or shut up. I enjoyed that. It got my motor running every day.”