In a postgame interview laden with more Philadelphia fan troll bait than I have ever seen (including "For who[m]? For what?"), Jonathan Papelbon raised the bar for obnoxiousness.
His reasons for being in Philadelphia? "Straight cash, baby." "Do you feel like a Phillie?" "I feel like a horse."
And so on and so forth.
My thought? Who gives a shit? Get dudes out. I really don't care what he says. I don't need the players to genuflect to some traditional notion of "I love this place" because most of them will move elsewhere as soon as their business is done here. Why the big charade? Do we have to require the players to love the metropolitan stereotypes as well as play here? It's actually pretty ridiculous. And for a team that nearly dealt him in January, why would he be obligated to feign unconditional love? Look at the ceiling and think of England, and that's all I ask of you, Paps.
I'm more concerned about what Papelbon did on the field. Bad weather saved a likely homer, but the result was a 4 out save in a year where wins will be precious gems to be treasured. I really don't care if he pines for Boston. He isn't going there anytime soon, no matter what dumb things he says. Just keep getting dudes out.