Jonathan Papelbon had only a couple minutes to talk Sunday morning at Comerica Park but he said plenty expressing the need for changes in the organization if things do not improve on the field.
Papelbon signed a four-year $50 million contract in November 2011 but he has known mostly losing at this point in Philadelphia. The Phillies returned home after a 12-4 loss to the Tigers riding an eight-game losing streak and a season-high seven games under .500.
"I definitely didn't come here for this" he said.
Papelbon carries an influential presence in the Phillies' clubhouse as the team's closer a nine-year veteran and World Series champion. Asked what he thought about the direction the organization is headed he sighed.
"Oh man" he said. "We could be here all day."
So then what about this team's ability to turn things around if not this season then next season?
"It's going to take in my opinion a lot" he said. "And in my opinion I think it's going to have to be something very simila...