While the Phillies won’t see Shane Victorino in the Phillies home and home with the Red Sox this week, one homecoming will be made as the Phillies take on the Red Sox Monday and Tuesday in Fenway. Jonathan Papelbon won’t be facing the Red Sox for the first time since leaving them prior to the 2012 season, but he will be in Boston for the first time while not wearing a Red Sox jersey.
Papelbon spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Boston Red Sox, beginning as a starting pitcher in 2005. But after Keith Foulke left prior to the 2006 season, Papelbon got a shot at being a closer, and never looked back. Pap racked up 219 saves from 2005 to 2011, establishing himself as one of the best closers in the MLB. Papelbon was also an All-Star from 2007-2009. Papelbon is a perfect fit in any big city, like we see now with Philly, because he is a guy who takes every pitch seriously and wants to win just as much as the fan in the nosebleed section of the stands.
Papelbon also had one of the most recognizable intros in his time in Boston, entering to “Shipping up to Boston”, by Boston band “The Dropkick Murphy’s.” As you see below, it was an intro that pumped pretty much everyone except Yankees fans up.
Undoubtedly though, Jonathan Papelbon’s greatest moment in a Red Sox uniform, came in Game Four of the 2007 World Series, when Jonathan Papelbon notched a strikeout to clinch the Red Sox second World Title in four seasons, as they swept the Colorado Rockies.
While we have embraced Pap as our in Philly, as he appears headed for his second All-Star appearance in his two years here, it will definitely be a special moment when Pap comes in to save the game in Boston, wearing a Phillies jersey. Let’s just hope the offense scores enough runs to get the Phillies a lead, and Antonio Bastardo doesn’t blow the lead before the Phillies can get the ball to Papelbon.
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