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Papelbon: I want to close tomorrow night

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 14, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

allstarbanner4.jpgTerry Francona has literally said all the right things when it comes to the Yankees, even to the point of saying he’s hitting Derek Jeter second “because that’s where he deserves to be.”

Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, J.D. Drew, Dustin Pedroia … the same. Respectful of the Stadium, the Yankees, the tradition, everything.

Then we have Jonathan Papelbon, who thinks he should close tomorrow night.

“If I was managing the team, I would close. … But I’m not managing the team,” he said today.

Sam Borden and some of the other writers there asked Papelbon whether Mariano Rivera had earned the right to close.

“I think we both earned that right.” he said

After acknowleding Rivera’s status, he said he earned the right to close by winning the World Series last season.

Talk about delusional. It’s Yankee Stadium, he’s having a Cy Young year, Mariano closes. Period, end of story.

Terry Francona wouldn’t bite when asked what he would do. But Joe Girardi seemed to have idea.

“Terry is a wise man,” he said. “He knows what to do.”

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125 Responses to “Papelbon: I want to close tomorrow night”

  1. ryan July 14th, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    Nothing surprises me with him. It’s amazing to me that he’s actually the classless idiot that he tries so hard to be.

  2. NooJ July 14th, 2008 at 5:00 pm

    That Papelbon… sheesh

  3. pat July 14th, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Better to be thought a fool than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

  4. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 July 14th, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Wow. Talk about being a first syllable of assume!

    my take on the first half

    I think I heard somewhere that Terry said Mo was going to close, but I guess that’s just a rumor then?

  5. Brandon (Jeter GIDP: 14) (Johan Santana HR count: 13 and a SP) July 14th, 2008 at 5:05 pm

    Papelbum shut up :evil:

  6. saucY July 14th, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    quickly moving up my list of hated players from that team…

  7. Bob(The Original) July 14th, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    First class moron that guy is.

    He really needs to get a good beating.

  8. YankeesLuv July 14th, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    What a arrogant S.O.B.! Papelbon has officially become my most hated Red Sox player now, congrats.

  9. Nick in SF July 14th, 2008 at 5:07 pm

    Papelbon, Lord of the Dunce. Is he for real?

  10. mark - Play Moeller! Yankees can win it all with the players they have. July 14th, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    If for nothing else but that it’s the last ASG at the Stadium I would think Tito would have Mo close.

    What an out of touch little schmuck Papelbon is. I hate the guy.

  11. matt h July 14th, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    I think Paplebum was just trying to give everyone a rise, the following is a posted on Boston.com by Gordon Edes – http://www.boston.com/sports/b.....tra_bases/

    NEW YORK — Jonathan Papelbon spent much of the 50-minute long media interview session with the AL All-Stars answering questions about who he thought should close tomorrow night’s game.

    He said that he’d love to close the game — he wouldn’t be who he is if he didn’t feel that way — but that he understood it would not be an easy call, since the game is in Yankee Stadium and Mariano Rivera is not only a hometown favorite, but maybe the greatest closer in the game. Papelbon said he’d talked it over with manager Terry Francona a couple of days ago, but that Francona had not made a final decision.

    But after the interview sessions were over, Papelbon pulled a reporter aside outside of the hotel ballroom in the Grand Hyatt and said that he had something more to say.

    Papelbon took the reporter’s tape recorder, held it to his mouth like a microphone, and said: “This is Jonathan Papelbon, closer of the Boston Red Sox. Mariano Rivera will be closing the 2008 All-Star Game in Yankee Stadium.

    “I’m making a statement right now, saying I don’t want it, I want him to have it. I said all that earlier, but that’s the way I feel about it.”

  12. mko July 14th, 2008 at 5:08 pm

    Wow…I actually thought he was an o.k. guy before that…that’s pathetic.
    ESPN should write a story on THAT, not hate on A-Rod…

  13. Rock em Sock em Robots July 14th, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    I had a conversation with some friends earlier this year and we all came to the same consensus: now that Shilling is gone, Papelbon is without a doubt the Red Sox we hate the most. This just confirms that we made the correct decision. Manny is a close second.

  14. BBFan July 14th, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    What did Hank call him?
    A fly when he derided Hank.
    That is how we have to take his comment.

  15. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 14th, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Mo closes, end of story.

  16. Drive 4-5 July 14th, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Jonathan Papelbon is a very talented pitcher. He’s also a classless yahoo.

  17. mko July 14th, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    Well, thanks for posting that matt h.
    Still, he is a weird, weird boy.

  18. David Cone's Labrum July 14th, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Amazing how quickly homers like Edes and Gammons rush to the defense of their favorite team’s players.

  19. mark - Play Moeller! Yankees can win it all with the players they have. July 14th, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    So Papelbon covers himself when he loses out to Mo by saying he wanted Mo to have it.

  20. Laura - Ready for a better second half July 14th, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    I didn’t think it was possible for me to dislike a Crock Sox player more than I dislike Manny Ramirez. I’ve just been proven wrong.

    My new hated list reads: Papelsmear, Ramirez and Pukelis.

  21. Yankee Trader July 14th, 2008 at 5:13 pm

    Rebecca

    Everyone should read your post, because it sums up our season so far.

    Funny about Mussina hitting Manny! Steve Carlton used to hit batters who would have success against him in working the count. Why waste 10 pitches on some batter if the next player is a free swinger. Just hit them!!

  22. gayle July 14th, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    There really are just not words

  23. mark - Play Moeller! Yankees can win it all with the players they have. July 14th, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    It’s really freaky watching Francessa and Russo and seeing Francessa avoid eye contact at all costs. He just keeps looking straight ahead. I just had to say that. It’s really weirding me out.

  24. David Cone's Labrum July 14th, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    “I’m making a statement right now, saying I don’t want it, I want him to have it. I said all that earlier, but that’s the way I feel about it.”

    Unreal – he’s trying to deflect it and concede, but he still sounds as if if was his and he wants to GIVE it to someone else.

    It’s about who’s earned the right, jackass, and who is deserving.

  25. jennifer July 14th, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    I hope Yankee fans boo that morons every move. He has too big of a head already.

  26. Patrick â„¢ July 14th, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    This is the 2008 all-star game and so far in 2008 Mariano Rivera has been the best closer in the American League. Thus he should close for the AL all-star team. It doesn’t matter that Mo is the best closer of all time and it doesn’t matter that Papelbon won the 2007 world series.

  27. dude July 14th, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    mark, I don’t think that’s different from the norm

  28. letter10 July 14th, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    what about the fact that Mo is having a better year than Pap? this is the all-star game for this year right?

    on a side note…i used to dislike Manny as much as the next guy but after watching a non-Yankee game at Fenway last season I realized he is really just the village idiot that happens to be a savant at the plate…he really was fun to watch and is all about the fans, I now don’t think anything he does is malignant and the phrase “Manny Being Manny” makes much more sense.

  29. Joe Schmoe 2 July 14th, 2008 at 5:17 pm

    “Terry is a wise man,” he said. “He knows what to do.”

    aka

    Mo is closing.

  30. V July 14th, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    He’s an inbred hick from Louisiana. What do you expect? Freaking bum.

  31. Rebecca--Optimist Prime-Mo for Cy Young 08 July 14th, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Yankee Trader: Thanks–everyone that voted in the poll helped. I wasn’t always voting with the majority!

  32. El Maestro July 14th, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    I don’t hate Papelbon or Manny or anybody of the Sox, even Papi (who I like a lot by the way) because that means that you have respect for him. He is just an idiot, and an idiot doesn’t deserve my hate. End of story.

  33. V July 14th, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    “The Boston Globe confirms ESPN’s Peter Gammons’ report that the Braves have had talks with the Red Sox regarding Mark Teixeira.”

  34. Russell W July 14th, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    “Jonathan Papelbon is a very talented pitcher. He’s also a classless yahoo.”

    Orioles had Papelboner the other night. If only Markakis didn’t swing at ball 4 and Mora just missed.

  35. El Maestro July 14th, 2008 at 5:24 pm

    MLB Trade Rumors says that Atlanta asked for Youkilis and Hansen in exchange for Teixeira. But Boston declined.

  36. Yankee Trader July 14th, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    Actually Papelbon, based on most saves F. Rodriguez is ahead of you by 5 and leads you in ERA.

    Based on ERA the top 5 AL relief pitchers in order:
    Rivera, Nathan, Soria, Jenks then F.Rod. Jenks should be on the team as the 5th reliever instead of you!!

  37. Nick in SF July 14th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Wouldn’t Francisco Rodriguez get the nod over Paps too? He’s having a monster of a season.

  38. saucY July 14th, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    “This is the 2008 all-star game and so far in 2008 Mariano Rivera has been the best closer in the American League. Thus he should close for the AL all-star team. It doesn’t matter that Mo is the best closer of all time and it doesn’t matter that Papelbon won the 2007 world series.”

    couldn’t have said it better.

    Looking at the AL Closers who made the team Papelbon isn’t even in the top 3…

    P Mariano Rivera, NYY R/R
    P Joakim Soria, KC R/R
    P Joe Nathan, MIN R/R
    P Francisco Rodriguez, LAA R/R
    P Jonathan Papelbon, BOS R/R
    P George Sherrill, BAL L/L

    4 and 5 were a toss up…

  39. mark - Play Moeller! Yankees can win it all with the players they have. July 14th, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    YOU DECIDE WHO SHOULD CLOSE…

    Papelfag – 2.43 Saves 28; save opportunities 32; IP 40.2; SO – 51 blown saves – 4

    Mariano – 1.06 Saves 23; save opportunities 23; IP 42; SO – 50 blown saves – 0

  40. EricNS July 14th, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Papelbon should know that if you don’t open your mouth you can’t stick your foot in it.

  41. Noonan July 14th, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Next, Jason Varitek will be saying he should start because his team won the World Series.

  42. Yankee Trader July 14th, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Teixeira for just Youklis would be worth it for Atlanta. Youklis has better average better SLG% . Teixeira hasn’t been hitting lefties well and is going to require a bloated 20+M Boras contract.

  43. Fredo Corleone July 14th, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    If Papelbon were a Yankee, people would be singing his praises and using words like swagger. That’s all Papelbon is displaying here. Whether it’s unfounded or not is another issue. He’s just a guy with a lot of confidence in his ability.

    He definitely should NOT close tomorrow night, but I have no problem with him wanting to close

  44. David July 14th, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Joba pumps his fist and everyone and their mother calls him out and says he needs to learn respect. Are we all just supposed to chalk this up to Pappy being Pappy, and excuse him from being a total Massengil?

  45. mark - Play Moeller! Yankees can win it all with the players they have. July 14th, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    Mariano – ER 5; HR 2; H 23

    Papelfag – ER 11; HR 3; H 32

    Should I go on?

  46. Ed July 14th, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Somewhere he is depriving a village of an idiot

  47. Ed July 14th, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Somewhere he is depriving a village of an idiot

  48. GoSox July 14th, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    I cannot stand Papelbon. He insists that he is not going to agree to a deal that lets the team buy out his arbitration years and a year or two of free agency, which means the Sox can be rid of him sooner rather than later. Given how he has pitched this year and the condition of his shoulder, I expect he’ll live to regret not taking guaranteed money when he had the chance.

    I found him amusing last year, but only because I assumed he’d grow up. Now his act has worn thin.

  49. mark - Play Moeller! Yankees can win it all with the players they have. July 14th, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    Are we all just supposed to chalk this up to Pappy being Pappy, and excuse him from being a total Massengil?

    No we’re supposed to remember that he said he deserved more money last year because he was the one setting the standard for closers in the majors. We’re also supposed to remember that he said he was the best closer in the game last year.

    We need to always remember that the guy is a walking Massengil and not excuse his arrogtance.

    There is NOBODY in baseball who thinks Rivera shouldn’t be closing tomorrow night except Papelbon.

  50. Bryan July 14th, 2008 at 5:45 pm

    “Looking at the AL Closers who made the team Papelbon isn’t even in the top 3…

    P Mariano Rivera, NYY R/R
    P Joakim Soria, KC R/R
    P Joe Nathan, MIN R/R
    P Francisco Rodriguez, LAA R/R
    P Jonathan Papelbon, BOS R/R
    P George Sherrill, BAL L/L

    4 and 5 were a toss up…”

    Absolutely not. Papelbon is better than everyone on that list except Mariano.

    That said, he is still a moron and should shut his big trap.

  51. Al from BK July 14th, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    What a disrespectful punk that Papel-bottom is he is forgetting his several blown saves and failure against the Yankees as recently as last week what a clueless turd Mo has 4 rings you have one it is his building sit down and shut up!

  52. George July 14th, 2008 at 5:51 pm

    Anyone who lets up a walkoff hit to gardner (only because he’s a week-old rookie, I actually like the guy) doesn’t deserve to make an all-star team. He just gets alot of attention because he plays in Boston. Soria and K-Rod are better.

  53. JR July 14th, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    No pitcher should win the Cy Young working only one inning a game

  54. Boston Dave July 14th, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    JR,

    I hate to agree with that, but I think MLB needs to fix/change the awards.

    MVP should either change or have Most Outstanding Player added. MVP leaves way too much interpretation open for the writers and voters who have shown they are clueless.

    Cy Young should go to the best starter. The Mariano Rivera award should go to the best closer or reliever each year.

    ROY should be changed to “Best Player who is in their first season in MLB, whether they have played 10 professional seasons in Japan or not”

    just my take…

  55. Dennis July 14th, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    what is this guy smoking. “he earned the right to close by winning the World Series last season”. the last time I looked 4>2. But maybe in Boston they have different math.

  56. Al from BK July 14th, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    There is a difference between this idiot and Joba, Joba would never call out his manager right before the all-star game and demand he close. Especially when the other closer in question is a first ballot hall of famer having a career year at the final all-star game in the only ball park he has ever called home. This truly shows the deterioration of the chain of command in baseball this is like Roger Clemens saying that he is better than Nolan Ryan or Huston Street calling out Dennis Eckersley. The whole respect elders concept and seniority policy in baseball is long gone Papel-Sux demanding to close over the best closer who ever stepped on a diamond is pure blaspheme. Just goes to show the class and respect being preached up in Beantown.

  57. DFox July 14th, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    “Absolutely not. Papelbon is better than everyone on that list except Mariano.”

    Uh, sorry, that’s not true. Joe Nathan is much better than Papelbon, and having a much better season.

    Doesn’t Papelbon realize he wasn’t even in the running? Why would he close before Joe Nathan who’s better than him altogether, and having a season that makes Papelbon look like an AAA closer.

    So then it really comes down to Rivera and Nathan, and Rivera would close because he’s having a better season, and oh yeah, because Nathan isn’t a complete jerk like Papelbon and would never start lobbying for the close.

  58. mark - Play Moeller! Yankees can win it all with the players they have. July 14th, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    Just goes to show the class and respect being preached up in Beantown.

    Al this is the team that had Manny backhand Youklis in the dugout and Manny push down their traveling secretary because he didn’t get all the tickets he wanted. What do you expect? They stand for “do your own thing” up there.

  59. RockinDaBronx July 14th, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    I wanna punch this retard right in his purse lipped Alcohol fetal syndromed face.

  60. Chris N. July 14th, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    “If Papelbon were a Yankee, people would be singing his praises and using words like swagger.”

    That’s totally not true because the Yankees NEVER said stuff like that when they were winning the World Series. They may have had a sense of swagger but it was only in how they played on the field and never in how they talked. These Red Sox talk a lot and whether or not they can back it up, its still pretty lame when compared to how the Yankees have always handled themselves. It’s going to be funny watching these guys in five years once Ramirez and Ortiz are gone and their forced to face the fact that they had a lot less to do with the team’s success than they thought.

  61. Old Lady July 14th, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    Papelbon appears to have a very low IQ. I almost feel sorry for him.

  62. JR Yankees July 14th, 2008 at 6:24 pm

    I am in total and utter shock with that statement. I have taken this whole Red Sox/Yankees rivalry and put in on the back burner for the sake of sending off The Stadium in proper fashion.

    I have stuck up for both Youkilis and Manny for their respective starting roles even though many others would like others to be starting. I do, however have a problem with Pedroia starting over Kinsler and anybody who has read my posts can see that.

    Now Papelbon goes and opens his mouth and speaks this bull and insults argueably the greatest closer in the history of the sport in his own stadium while he’s having one of his best seasons.

    No words to describe how this angers me.

  63. bru July 14th, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    pap is a good closer,mo is a great one,pap is classless,mo is all class.pap will not come close to the saves that mo ends up with or the total rings.pap is a total loser who makes me appreciate mo. mo always says the right things,pap never says the right things and pap enjoys being an idiot.it is going to be great when francona brings mo in as pap watches.

  64. sox rule July 14th, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    personally, i think paps is right. i mean he did win the world series last year while mo was playing golf. gotta be fair, dudes

  65. Old Lady July 14th, 2008 at 6:29 pm

    Come on now, according to Gordon Edes, Papelbon is deferring the 9th inning to Mo. He’s doing the right thing.

    Incredible. LOL.

  66. Old Lady July 14th, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    sox rule,

    History is nice, but take a look at this year’s stats. Papelbon isn’t even in the running. Mo is.

  67. Fran July 14th, 2008 at 6:30 pm

    Papelbon may be a good closer, but Mariano is the greatest closer in the history of the game. Mariano deserves to close.

    If Francona does not pick Mo over Papelbon, I will loose all respect for Francona.

  68. mark - Play Moeller! Yankees can win it all with the players they have. July 14th, 2008 at 6:33 pm

    Well DUH Sox Rule and now I know it is all part of the stupidity package up there, fans like you included.

    The choices for this year’s All Star Game weren’t made based on LAST YEAR’S WORLD SERIES loser-dude. See loser-dude, the league that wins gets HFA during the World Series. So it pays to have the BEST out there. Not last year’s has beens.

    Go way.

  69. Deb July 14th, 2008 at 6:35 pm

    And another difference is that Papplebum is classless… whereas Mariano is one of the classiest guys in baseball.
    Unbelievable. Is this the new face and attitude of the RedSox? If so, they should be very ashamed and embarassed. I’m gobsmacked.

  70. Dis Custard July 14th, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    Going back to the Teixeira / Youkillis talks. One thing you are forgetting is that Youkillis isn’t as talented an athelete, he fades in the second half of the year because of having to put out so much in the first half. Teixeira gets better during his second half of the season.

    I don’t think the Red Sox will make that move though, because Youkillis is cost controlled for 2 more years and he can cover 3rd, meaning a lot more flexibility for the team. The only thing that might make them go that route is if Ortiz is done for the season, and they might not have the window of time to know till after the trade deadline.

    It still could happen, but Teixeira might not be there if they wait too long. Tough to say.

  71. Chris N. July 14th, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    I just think its ridiculous that somehow he thinks he’s entitled to all this stuff because he was the closer of the World Series team. Keith Foulke wasn’t even entitled to his job the next year. There are a lot of guys like Papelbon who close for a few years and then flame out. And now I hope he ends up being one of them just so his inflated sense of self importance has to deal with it.

  72. mark - Play Moeller! Yankees can win it all with the players they have. July 14th, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    Chris I have to laugh. You ever watch Papelbon coming close to imploding and wiggling out at the last minute? In Mo’s worst season he’s so much better than this joker. Papelbon calls himself the best closer in baseball. He’s already looking extremely shaky. The only thing scary about him is that ugly mug of his. Imagine what he’ll be like in say three or four years. A flash in the pan.

  73. Al from BK July 14th, 2008 at 6:43 pm

    Mariano’s numbers are not of this planet even for his standards. 1.06 ERA 50 K 42.1 IP 4BB 23 SV’s. This is just one occasion where there shouldn’t even be an argument. Papelbon is a good top 5 MLB closer. Mariano Rivera is the best closer in the history of baseball having his best year ever and he has not blown a single save while Papel-bottom has blown 4, most of which were on bomb home-runs end of discussion. It will be a crime if Francona punks out and uses Papelbon just to appease his whiny brat closer.

  74. S.A.- I believe in this team but can the offense stop being so offensive? July 14th, 2008 at 6:50 pm

    Is Papsmear on Drugs? Give me a break fool.
    Fish lips should just be quiet

  75. Hal July 14th, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    You guys (Pete included) all missed the part where Pap pulled a reporter aside right after that interview and said “Mo will be closing the ASG tomorrow”

  76. Joe July 14th, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    You people love to hate. Hal, you are right. Paplebon ADMIRES Mo and has admitted it. Just something to work Yankee fans up over nothing.
    Why it seems just like yesterday they were complaining about the “WE Stink” comment. (Oh,It was yesterday.)

  77. Joe July 14th, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    People, Get a life.
    And by the looks of it Pete, You better have more than 1 Diet Coke. Actually Gastric ByPass surgery should be highly considered!

  78. Jonathan Everett July 14th, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    Mark said it best with the stats, compare the numbers, Rivera should close based off of this season.

  79. cano he didnt July 14th, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    i dont know papelbon well, but holy crap what a douche, show some respect

  80. Old Lady July 14th, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Hal and Joe,

    Yes, it’s so nice of Papelbon to grant Mo a role that was never Papelbon’s to begin with. How very gracious and magnanimous of him.

    LOL.

  81. Joe July 14th, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    Say what you want Old Lady, Paplebon admires and looks up to Mo and why shouldn’t he. As a Sox fan I will admit Mo is and was the best, unlike some of you Yankee fans who are crying about Youk and Pedroia.

  82. Joe July 14th, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    He even stated at the last All Star game they sat and talked after everyone left the locker room for a while.
    So basically the statement was tongue and cheek.

  83. Dis Custard July 14th, 2008 at 7:16 pm

    If Papelbon really felt that Mo should be closing, then that is what he should say. That aside to the reporter was probably because Francona already told him that Mo would be closing. It doesn’t mean that Papelbon thinks Mo deserves it or anything else.

    He mouths off all the time. I guess Sox fans will forgive him right up till he is playing for another team. Just like Manny and all the other baby crap that comes from the players of that team.

  84. Dis Custard July 14th, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    Most times when people do the whole tongue in cheek (not “and”) it is done to convey a truth.

    Papelbon is an arrogant jerk. The real him was on display, then his aside to the reporter was because his brain actually moved some electrons and he realized what a jerk he sounded like.

  85. Old Lady July 14th, 2008 at 7:19 pm

    So Joe the Sox fan defends Papelbon nonstop on a Yankee blog. How boring.

    And I still have to read any Yankee fans crying about Youkilis & Pedroia, no matter how much you all want to believe that’s true. There are definite questions over whether either deserves to be starting, and before you get all defensive again over your players, there are the same questions about Jeter.

  86. bunster July 14th, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Delusional fool better check the numbers before he says stuff like that. Oh but that would require him to be able to read wouldn’t it.

  87. mark - Play Moeller! Yankees can win it all with the players they have. July 14th, 2008 at 7:20 pm

    Dis you’re right. It’s always fun to see the Sox apologists though.

  88. WeMissPaulie July 14th, 2008 at 7:28 pm

    What a punk.

  89. mark - Play Moeller! Yankees can win it all with the players they have. July 14th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Wasn’t it nice to see the Aaron Boone highlight closing out the leadins to the Derby.

    “And the Yankees are going to the world series!”

    I REALLY want to hear that again this year.

  90. Red Sox July 14th, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    I’m a Red Sox fan and I agree that Mo is, by far, the greatest closer in baseball and that he should close teh All-Star Game. I see Papelbon as a much younger and more enthusiastic (for lack of better words) version of Mo. Sox fans would be worried if their closer didn’t want to close a game.

    Paps just likes to have his fun. A previous post revealed that he knows that Mo is closing the game and he supports that.

  91. Wander July 14th, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    He must be joking. In either case Rivera will close, Francona has that much sense. If he didn’t he would be hounded by all the media and it would just be stupidly controversial.

  92. Joe July 14th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Dis, Yeah theay are adversaries that hate each other(tongue and cheek)meanwhile they are probably going out to dinner together tonight making millions per year while your making 60 G’s and complaining. Get a Life.
    Support your claim, when does he mouth off all the time? That’s what I thought.

  93. Old Lady July 14th, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Red Sox,

    It’ll take 5 more years like last season to be able to call Papelbon a much younger version of Mo.

  94. Joe July 14th, 2008 at 7:51 pm

    Well Old Lady if you make 5 years you will see it!

  95. Al from BK July 14th, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    So because Papelbon was on one of the 2 Sox championship teams in the previous 90 years he should automatically get to close the All-star game? Using that logic Mo should close because the Yankees have 26 championships in that same time…what a dope who cares if he bit his tongue and retracted it was a dumb statement in the first place.

  96. Joe July 14th, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    Pedroia rookie of the year that probably has the look of Jeter several years ago with a special sparkle in his eyes. Admit it Yankee fans, he wouldn’t be getting all this slack from you guys and be starting in the AS game if he wasn’t good!

  97. Al from BK July 14th, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    It is great how current Sox players IE: Pedroia, Youk, Manny,Pap seem to forget the Sox futility of 1919-2003. Perhaps if Ted Williams were still around he could teach them to not take those rings for granted and also how to not use the championship as a crutch or excuse for your ludicrous sentiments. Even as a Yankee fan I am embarassed that the aforementioned clowns got a ring and guys like Yaz, Ted Williams, and Fisk never did.

  98. Al from BK July 14th, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    “Pedroia rookie of the year that probably has the look of Jeter several years ago with a special sparkle in his eyes. Admit it Yankee fans, he wouldn’t be getting all this slack from you guys and be starting in the AS game if he wasn’t good!”

    LOL, Pedroia= The Captain….. wow pass me what you’ve been smoking bro.

  99. Joe July 14th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    I have a question, If you could what players from the Sox (Red)would you sign if you could? Be honest!
    From the Yanks I would take Mo, Joba, (even though unproven), Jeter, Arod, Wang and maybe Pettitte for a year.

  100. Hendo July 14th, 2008 at 8:11 pm

    seriously… he needs to shut his mouth

  101. Al from BK July 14th, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    I hate everyone on the Sux because they are all tremendously overrated. If I had to have a few Lester, Papi(just so he could stop hitting our pitching) and maybe Beckett. No to Manny he is what people in sports call a CANCER.

  102. Old Lady July 14th, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Joe, we get it. You’re a Sox fan.

    As for your observation about Pedroia, add that to the other Sox fan’s comment comparing Papelbon to Mo, you only prove how silly Red Sox fans are.

  103. Johnny Damon's beard July 14th, 2008 at 8:20 pm

    Actually Dennis Eckersley is the greatest closer in the history of the game. Sure, he gave up the Gibson HR, but Mo blew the 2001 World Series and the 2004 ALCS.

  104. Old Lady July 14th, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    Mo blew the 2004 ALCS?

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA … gasp … AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Did you even watch the games? Do you know anything about baseball?

  105. yankee2123 July 14th, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    Papelbon is a class a jerk. Mariano’s lost a few, but his stats in the post season are untouchable. He’s All-Time. Let Papelbon win a few World Series, and put together a hall of fame career, then talk.

  106. Old Lady July 14th, 2008 at 8:57 pm

    There’s a way to go, but so far this is arguably Mariano’s best season ever.

    His ERA – a fair measure since he’s a closer – is 1.08, and his WHIP is 0.638. 0.638 – that’s insane.

  107. Birdo July 14th, 2008 at 9:02 pm

    What a hack. Here are some extended quotes from Papelbon:

    “Of course I want to close the game out, I wouldn’t be Jonathan Papelbon if I didn’t. But at the same time there are also things within this game that I and other people have to understand that things don’t always work that way.”

    “We owe a lot to this game, we truly do and I feel that I owe a lot to this game and if that’s one of things that I owe this game, letting an elder statesman go ahead of me, then that’s what it is.”

    “I’ve always referred to him as the Godfather of the closers, which he pretty much is. Obviously he’s done a lot of great things for this role. He’s one of the main contributors of making this role what it is today.”

    From:
    http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/ne.....;type=lgns

  108. Joe D July 14th, 2008 at 9:49 pm

    I thought Bozo just dies. Guess not. Classless buffoon. He can’t carry Mariano’s jock. And don’t get me started on his stare with the sphincter mouth impression.

  109. Joe D July 14th, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    CORRECTION: I thought Bozo just “died.”

  110. UtilityMan July 14th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

    Open Mouth
    Insert Foot
    Repeat

    John Lithgow lookalike

  111. Red Sox July 14th, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Just wondering, how is Pedroia not as impressive as the younger Jeter? Lets compare their rookie years…
    AVG SLG OBP SB SO* BB RBI HR
    Pedroia .317 .442 .380 7/8 42 47 50 8
    Jeter .314 .430 .370 14/21 102 48 78 10

    Here are the fielding stats:
    G E* DP FPCT
    Pedroia 137 6 78 .990
    Jeter 157 22 83 .969

    *I will give Jeter a little slack on the SOs and Es. He had 62 more ABs than Pedroia. Maybe he struck out at each one. Though the BBs and HRs are nearly the same. And maybe he made an error in 16 of those extra 20 games.

    By no means am I declaring Jeter a bad player. I think he’s a great SS, but I also think that Pedey is just as good (if not better).

  112. Red Sox July 14th, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Oh god, everything was a little neater when i typed it up in the comment box. Sorry! Just try lining everything up.

  113. Bill July 15th, 2008 at 12:06 am

    You’re right that Mo is not soley responsible for the 2004 ALCS meltdown (though he did walk Millar and allow Roberts to score). The entire Yankee team – from Captain Jeter to $300 million ARod – is responsible.

    And you want to talk about class? How about handing out 20,000 mustaches to the fans? That is a disgrace. All-Stars shouldn’t campaign to get voted in (especially when they don’t deserve it). Or Hank’s petty comments on others? Or A-Rod announcing his departure from the Yanks during the clinching game of the WS? And people wonder why he is always in the spotlight.

  114. ronald C. July 15th, 2008 at 12:09 am

    I dont see a problem…the guy wants to close the game…He won the world series last year not Rivera or the yankees..The Red Sox are good and the Yankees suck, Papelbon should close the game. Rivera doesnt deserve anything! end of story, PAP, he is not classless he is just stating the facts and his beliefs. Paps for the 9th!!

  115. JoeT 28 in 09!! July 15th, 2008 at 12:15 am

    I really can’t believe I read this. What an idiot – just goes to show how out there in la-la land the red sox and their fans are. Of all the things that the Sox fans say (and NESPN for that matter) is when they talk about Papelbum like he is the best closer in the game… that honor goes to MO every single time. I wish MO was a little big more outspoken because I’d love to hear what he actually thinks about this. I know he would definitely take the high road – “Papelbom is a great closer etc. etc” but someone needs to put paps in his place.

  116. Chris NY July 15th, 2008 at 12:52 am

    So, wait, is that the 150,993,201st reason to hate Papplebon, or the 150,993,202nd??

    What a total classless moron. Mo has earned it this season alone. Ignore the rest of his career, the fact that it’s at The Stadium, etc, Mo has been a better closer THIS YEAR too.

  117. Chris NY July 15th, 2008 at 12:55 am

    So, wait, is that the 150,993,201st reason to hate Papplebon, or the 150,993,202nd??

    What a total classless moron. Mo has earned it this season alone. Ignore the rest of his career, the fact that it’s at The Stadium, etc, Mo has been a better closer THIS YEAR too.

    Sox fans are out of their minds as well if they think his TEAM winning the world series LAST YEAR has anything to do with who closes the game. Best man wins and that trailer trash is far from the best man.

  118. youngtimer July 15th, 2008 at 12:58 am

    Mariano is having the best season of his life. He should start AND close.

    Pimplebeak will be traded off the Sux in a couple years cause they won’t put up with his bum shoulder. Who will he be setting up for then, I wonder.

  119. bodhisattva July 15th, 2008 at 2:10 am

    I dislike: Papelbon and Varitek.

    Have nothing against Ramirez and Papi.

  120. The Monk July 15th, 2008 at 11:30 am

    Evidently the MLB drug testing policy that Bud Selig crowed about on Letterman last night isn’t tough enough to catch whatever Papelbon’s taking.

    Mo will pitch the ninth no matter what, I think.

  121. Mr. Ed July 15th, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    I look forward to Pap-smear’s career ending injury.

  122. Mr. Ed July 15th, 2008 at 12:44 pm

    I look forward to Pap-smear’s Tommy John surgery. What a rube!

  123. Matt July 16th, 2008 at 11:23 am

    Does anyone know where I can get a picture of The NY Daily News Cover with Papelbum on it?

  124. testici July 16th, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    what the is wrong with you people? A daily rag reporter grills Pap and he says “yeah I would like to do my job and get in there and close the game” and this is NEWS? He said nothing bad about Mo. I guess “Pap thinks Rivera is a great picher” was not a catchy enough headline. And then at the parade, you typical classy Yankee fans tell his wife to get a abortion? Yell obscenities in front of the kids? Bunch of puppets – just do what you are told.

    my theory is that wearing a cap with a intertwined NY symbol on it makes you stupider than you already are. Us rubes don’t have the imagination to be that stupid.

  125. ron iuteri July 17th, 2008 at 10:46 am

    Cheer up Yankees fans! I know you’re hoppin’ mad that the Red Sox dominated the last All-Star game in “your” house so you feel the need to make a big stink out of Papelbon’s tongue in cheek comment but just bear in mind that you won’t remain down for long. In order to justify the $27 hot dog-and-a-beer package at the Stadium you’ll surely sign an aging “big name” to stumble through the end of their career in pinstripes. My prediction: Barry Bonds. Yankee brass doesn’t seem to have any moral dilemmas about signing known cheaters (see Clemens and Giambi for starters). Regardless, enjoy third place this season!

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