We’re really starting to like the guy, and he’s really starting to like us, but Jonathan Papelbon seems a bit confused: In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, the new Phillies closer said that Philadelphia reminds him of Paris. Now, Papelbon has never actually been to Paris, but he has seen it in some movies. Pap told SI, “Philadelphia has a cool feel to it, man … It’s a vibe that the city produces. It makes you feel like you are in Paris. I’ve never been to Paris, but I’ve seen it in a lot of movies. I think [Philadelphia] is going to be a great place to live.” He continued, “When I walk down the street [in Philadelphia], everyone is nice. They say hi, and then they let you do your business … In the other city, the people get up in your face a lot more and want to talk about baseball, the team and how you are going to do. It’s more easy-going in Philadelphia.”
We happy you like it here Pap, and we really like nothing more than when someone shit talks another city in comparison to ours, but Paris? And the Paris of the movies? Unless the dude is talking about Taken, we’re not sure what he sees. And as for the people being easy-going towards him? Just wait until you blow a few saves, that’ll change. But hey, we’re glad you’re here.
Update: On second thought, maybe he was just thinking of this.