Jonathan Papelbon

Jonathan Papelbon's somewhat bizarre postgame press conference

Rob Bradford
April 08, 2015 - 7:17 pm

PHILADELPHIA -- It was pure Jonathan Papelbon. The Phillies closer comes on to get Hanley Ramirez to end the Red Sox' eighth-inning threat with a bases-loaded, warning track fly out before locking down his first save of the season in his team's 4-2 win over the Red Sox Wednesday night. The game was punctuated with a Papelbon strikeout, leading to the closer's triple-pump celebration. And then came his his postgame press conference, much of which dealt with the pitcher answering questions about a pregame statement suggesting he still wasn't comfortable living life as a Phillie. Here is a transcript of the conversation: What did you think of Hanley Ramirez's fly ball when it left the bat in the eighth inning? "Third out of the inning." Did you think it was gone? "No, did you?" I thought it might have been. "So you thought it was gone?" I thought it was going to be close. "Fair enough." Was your mindset any different getting a four-out save? "Not really. I think for me everything stays the same and I go out there and try do a job, and when I'm called on nothing changes." Coming in there in a pressure situation, bases loaded, fans cheering you, does it make you any more like a Phillie? "Other than, a what? What is a Phillie? A horse? That's what it is? I feel like a horse, yeah. I feel like a horse. I felt like a horse tonight." When 25,000 in the rain cheering you on, do you feel like a Phillie? "Yeah, I feel like a horse." A Phillie is not a horse in this case. "What is it?" It's the thing with the red pinstripes. "Yeah, of course." You didn't say that before the game. You said, "I don't feel much like a Phillie." Can you explain that a little bit. You're five saves away from tying the franchise record and you don't feel like a Phillie. "For me it's like, where are you from? I'm from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. So that's that what I'll always say. That's what I'll always say. That's where I feel I'm from. That's where I grew up. That's where my roots are. So you ask me what runs deep in me? The Red Sox still run in me. It's where I'm from. It's where I grew up. It's who I became as a pitcher, so that will always stick with me, no matter what. That doesn't really change anything how I go about my business." Do you think they wanted you back? "No. That was probably obvious." Do you feel slighted by that? "No. It's business, baby. Straight cash." You're here for straight cash? "No." What are you here for? "I'm here to be a Phillie, do my job and compete, that's all really I do, no matter where I'm at. That's it." When you break Jose Mesa's record with six saves will you be proud of that? "Yeah, oh yeah. For me to have an opportunity to be the save career leader in two historic franchises means a lot to me, and I don't take that lightly by any means." Why don't you feel like a Philadelphia Phillie? "I do." That's not what you said before the game. "It's not? What did I say before the game?" What is your explanation of The Boston Globe post? "The Red Sox run deep in my blood. That's who I became as a pitcher. That will always stick with me. It's just like any time you want to move on you have to adjust and adapt to a new team. I haven't had any problems doing that here." It's only been four years. "Yeah."