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Yesterday, the New York Daily News printed an article with the back page headline “Papelbum” because Red Sox closer, Papelbon, said that he should close the All-Star game instead of Yankees player, Mariano Rivera. The tabloid quoted him saying, “If I was managing the team, I would close. I’m not managing the team, so it don’t matter.”
However, what they forgot to mention in their headline was that he also praised Rivera and admitted that he both liked and respected him. He also admitted that he was not expecting to close and that he thought Rivera had earned the spot.
Papelbon did not react well to the article. According to The Boston Herald, Papelbon was irate about the tabloid article because of the way Yankee’s fans reacted to it. “It just kind of (ticks) me off because if that gets (expletive) written and I’m riding in a (expletive) parade today with my wife (Ashley), so she doesn’t feel safe because some (expletive) from the Daily News says I want to close the game and that ain’t true,” he explains.
The parade he is referring to is the one that goes through downtown Manhattan to showcase the All-Star game players. Allegedly, Ashley was threatened during the parade by New York fans who took the article too seriously. Jonathan was so upset about the article that he also said, “If I don’t pitch, I don’t care.”
My take: I think this was really careless journalism. The Sox/Yanks rivalry is already out of control and the last thing anyone needs is more fuel in the fire. Plus, Yankees fans can cry all they want to about who closes the All-Star game. They’re just upset that even with the best closer in the league, their team still sucks this year. That’s right, Yankees Suck and so does the New York Daily News.
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