Philadelphia RP Papelbon praises Phillies fans

Jonathan Papelbon has already endeared himself to Phillies fans

without throwing a meaningful pitch.

Papelbon, the former Boston Red Sox closer, had high praise for

Philadelphia fans, even though he’s only been with the team a few

months.

”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 radio interview with Philadelphia’s

94-WIP. ”The Philly fans tend to know the game a little better,

being in the National League, you know, the way the game is played.

I’ve had a guy take of his prosthetic leg and throw it in the

bullpen in Boston.”

Papelbon signed a $50 million, four-year contract with the

Phillies in November, the richest deal ever for a reliever. He was

a four-time All-Star in seven seasons with the Red Sox, and helped

them win the 2007 World Series title.