Welcome to the Other Side of Pap. This was the friendly face, not the fierce face of determination Yankees fans have come to dislike ever since he became the Red Sox closer. This was the friendly Jonathan Papelbon. The new and extremely rich Phillies closer heaped praise on Mariano Rivera and the Yankees as camp opened yesterday at Bright House Field, referring to Rivera as "The Godfather of closers." "Every time I saw him last year I said, 'Man, you're making my job harder to catch you every year,' '' Papelbon said. "He's amazing. I may not be sitting here today if it weren't for him.'' He certainly would not be getting $50 million over four years.
Sox-Yanks in past for Phils closer
New York Post | Feb 19