money aside Papelbon is a very good closer- been averaging double digit games at Fenway(including years of season tix) since the 1960's and seen my share of closers (although those early years there probably was no such term) and Papelbon is up there. Go read Sons of Sam Horn if you want the hardcore Sox fans take on this- havent been but I bet they are pissed
So it's his fault that their high paid left-fielder in Carl Crawford couldn't make the catch? Papelbon has 200+ saves and Madson has 52. Sadly, what I remember of Madson in 2008 is when Uribe hit the game winning home run off him and that sent the Giants to the World Series.
I don't understand why the Phillies are doing this after just re-signing Madson. I just don't think Papelbon is a big time closer anymore, and if he is signing with the Phillies, he's the closer.
Wow do we disagree about him not being a big time closer. You are correct about one thing. He is our closer. The guy can pitch under pressure. And I hate to tell everyone. Pitching in Boston is just as hard if not harder,then pitching here in Philly. His record the last 5-6 years speaks for itself. Now with our closer set we can look at other areas to work on. Well done R.A.
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Madson and Papelbon are pretty much even for me although I like Madson a little better. I just don't like that the deal is even larger than the one rumored to Madson. He's a good pitcher though, and he essentially just replaces Lidge's money.