Boston Red Sox: An Open Letter to Jonathan Papelbon

Christopher BenvieCorrespondent IIMarch 9, 2012

CLEARWATER, FL - MARCH 01:  Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Philadelphia Philles poses for a portrait at the Bright House Field on March 1, 2012 in Clearwater, Florida  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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Dear Pap,

Hi, it's me, one of the voices of Red Sox Nation.  Excuse me, one of the "hysterical" voices of Red Sox Nation.

Now, I get it, I understand.  You're in a new city, in a new league, and are trying to endear yourself to a whole new fan base.  

But... let's be honest here.  In saying that you think Philadelphia Phillies fans know the game a bit better, being in the national league... are you basing this on the past three weeks in which you've been wearing the red pin-stripes in Clearwater, Florida?  Or, is this based on the FIVE career games in which you've played in Citizens Bank Park over the course of your seven years spent playing for the Red Sox? 

As a fan base, we have endured your stupid remarks over the years. I genuinely mean that in a loving way. You were adored in Boston and the fans appreciated you every night.

Even those nights in which you would blow a save.

Sure, Red Sox fans can be ruthless, but do you expect the fans in Philly to coddle you?  If Roy Halladay goes eight innings and hands the ball over to you and you blow that game, the Philly fans will be every bit as ruthless as Red Sox fans, if not more so.

And really, Pap, as if knocking the fans was not bad enough, you had to pour salt in the wound.

If I'm not mistaken, I believe you stated that while you hate them when playing between the lines, you would have entertained an offer from the Yankees.

The Yankees.

The Yankees?

Have you learned nothing of the culture playing in Boston?  Did you not see the ferocity in which fans HATED Johnny Damon when he came to Fenway after donning the pin-stripes?

The best part of your little radio conversation came when you finally addressed your free agency.  You stated that the Red Sox had not come at you in a manner to which you thought they would.

In fact, once again paraphrasing you, you stated that you instructed your agents to strike a deal with the first team that showed you interest and loyalty.

Loyalty?  Let's call it what it really was: money.  You waited a whole 10 days of free-agency to skip town and sign with the Phillies.

Does that sound like loyalty to you?  Did you even give the Red Sox a chance to match the offer?  The answer to that question is a resounding "no."

Again, I can't really say that I blame you for leaving.  This team fell apart and was about to suffer through one of the biggest transitional winters in team history.  Why would you want to stay loyal to that, right?

I'm not angry. I'm not hysterical. It just looks like now I have another shirt to clean my car with.


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