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With the Phillies in town visiting Fenway for the first time in three years, it’s no surprise that some Jonathan Papelbon-related headlines are surfacing in the Boston media. After all, he did save 219 games over seven seasons with the Red Sox before signing with Philadelphia in 2012.
But what is surprising is that, despite listing the Sox as one of the eight teams on his no-trade list as a part of the deal he signed with Philly, Papelbon says he would never rule out a return to his former club in the future.
“Yeah, I could see myself in Boston,” Pap told WEEI.com on Monday. “I could see myself pitching in New York. You know me. I’ve always been the kind of guy who … I don’t really just settle, or accept things. Whatever happens in my future is going to happen. I’m not blind to that fact.”
The 32-year old Papelbon also said that he was happy in Philadelphia and would have no problem staying there.
Despite the Red Sox’ struggles to find a consistent closer since Pap bolted town for the biggest paycheck, I’m still fairly sure a reunion between the two parties is unlikely. Papelbon seemed to wear out his welcome towards the end of his run here in Boston, and I think fans here still have a bitter taste in their mouths from when he said that Phillies fans were smarter than Sox fans.
But, hey, maybe that’s just me.
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Despite the Red Sox being one of the teams on his no-trade list, Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon could see himself one day heading back to Boston.
The last time Jonathan Papelbon walked off the mound for the Red Sox, Boston had just completed the worst collapse in team history. Less than three months later, Papelbon, the Sox all-time saves leader, walked out of Fenway for good, signing a four-year, $50 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Before last night’s game Papelbon was back...
I heard this a couple of hours ago and I have been debating whether or not to talk about it. The reason is, I really don't care. If you haven't heard, The Red Sox have made Jonathan Papelbon's list of teams on his no-trade list included in his contract with the Phillies.
According to a major league source, Jonathan Papelbon has the Red Sox as one of the eight teams...
Red Sox fans didn’t show Jonathan Papelbon much affection when he sprinted in from the visitors’ bullpen at Fenway Park on Tuesday. Papelbon apparently felt the love, though.
“That’s how they love you in this city, man. That’s just how it is,” said Papelbon, who was booed when entering the game in the ninth inning. “I feel like the first time I got booed at Yankee Stadium...
Visitors to the Fenway Park press box are greeted at the door by several massive photographs commemorating the Red Sox’ World Series championship teams.
Featured prominently in two of those shots is Jonathan Papelbon, who returns to Fenway this week for the first time as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies.
It feels like more than just two years ago that Papelbon was closing...
“Cinco loves that!” How fun is it to watch Jonathan Papelbon in a postgame interview? May be as fun as watching him pitch! http://www.mtrphilly.com. Talk #Phillies now on the MTR Nightcap on MTRRadio.com!
Photo courtesy of NESN.
"Sibling Rivalry." I like that term for the little rivalry that Jonathan Papelbon has with the Red Sox. It went to a new level last night when the Red Sox were able to mount a rally against Pap, but Pap was able to finish us. Well, he's one of the best closers in the game. He's like Mariano Rivera, in that if you happen to get a win off...
Cliff Lee pitched eight innings of four-hit ball and Jonathan Papelbon earned his first save at Fenway Park as a Red Sox opponent on Tuesday night, leading the Philadelphia Phillies to a 3-1 victory over Boston.
Michael Young and Domonic Brown homered for the Phillies, and Erik Kratz singled in the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning to snap Boston's four-game winning streak...
Photo via CTPost.com (Elise Amendola)
Even when the Phillies win, it seems we can find something to bicker about. Debating every decision made by a manager as a game is unfolding is one of the beauties of the game of baseball, and last night presented quite the situation for some. Cliff Lee, having thrown eight dominant innings and reaching a pitch count of 95 pitches thrown...
Domonic Brown has always been a highly touted prospect in the Philadelphia system. Against the Red Sox, he’s showing why.
Brown homered twice to lead a four-home-run Phillie attack against John Lackey and the Sox, and a late rally in the ninth against old friend Jonathan Papelbon wasn’t enough for Boston. Despite some late heroics, the power display from Philadelphia won the...
The Red Sox stumbled against the Phillies on Tuesday night at Fenway Park as former Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon closed out the ninth in 1-2-3 fashion.
Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster didn’t have his best outing of the season, pitching seven innings and giving up two runs on six hits. The right-hander falls to 2-6 on the season, and acknowledged after the game that he struggled...
The first inter-league game of the series didn’t exactly go as planned. With the pitcher hitting, the Red Sox lacked some punch, and now have to hope for a series split. Worst of all, the Red Sox saw the Jonathan Papelbon super fist pump.
Here are the four bases:
First Base: His story may have some cobwebs on it, but I still find Daniel Nava‘s tale entrancing from time to time...
After taking three-of-four from Cleveland, the Boston Red Sox will begin interleague play. Tonight, they'll kick off the first of two games against their former closer Jonathan Papelbon and the Philadelphia Phillies.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. If you live in the Red Sox television market you can catch the game on NESN. If you live in the Indians television market...
The Boston Red Sox (32-22) will try to earn a split in their four-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies (26-27) tonight, as they have lost two out of the first three. The Sox tried to make a ninth-inning comeback Wednesday, but they fell one run short, as Jonathan Papelbon got his second save in as many nights. Tonight, Franklin Morales gets...
Drew Hallowell/Getty ImagesDomonic Brown has long been considered the best prospect in the Phillies organization. But, like many who get that tag, his progression up the major league ladder has been slower than expected. But, after he clouted four home runs in three games against the Red Sox, he may be coming into his own. Brown—with two HRs last night—lead a homer-filled Philadelphia...