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Phils Sign Papelbon


I should be excited I guess.  We locked up one of the best closers in the game to a long term contract basically for the same amount that we paid Brad Lidge to rehab his shoulder/knee/elbow/ego the last three years.  Ruben and the rest of the front office basically decided that they were not going to pay close to 50 million dollars to Ryan Madson to become the closer, based on less than one solid year of doing the job.  While Madson was tremendous this year, he doesnt have the history that Papelbon has, and when you are shelling out 50 million to someone, it better be a sure thing.

Ok...maybe i could root for this guy

I have to say this one is a little tough to swallow for me.  Madson was easily one of my favorites on this team.  I got an opportunity to go to spring training this year and sat in the berm in the outfield near the Phillies bullpen.  He was in there cracking jokes, signing autographs and basically being the all around good guy that everyone had grown to love over the course of his career in Philly.  Not that this helped him win games, but its always nice to have someone on your team who is a nasty reliever and good person to boot.  I will always remember the 2008 run to the title when he seemingly gained about 5mph on his fastball.  He was the bridge to Lidge and he did a damn good job of it.  His new found dominance was one of the key aspects to why the Phils won it all that year.

Now I have to root for a guy that i made a living making fun of for about 5 years.  I hated the stupid dance he did in the World Series.  I hated “Shippin up to Boston.”  I hated how long it took for him to throw a pitch.  I loved when he blew the Red Sox season this year.

I can only hope he has the right frame of mind to change his entrance song.  Which is about 50% of the reason i either like a closer or hate him.  One of Madson’s weaknesses was his entrance music of “Dont Stop Believin” by Journey, which was corny as hell.  Lidge had some crazy heavy metal which is par for the course in the world of closers.  I have a few suggestions for Jonathan that may help him endear himself to the Philly Faithful.

Suggestions after the Jump

Zeppelin is already prevalent in the Phil’s clubhouse.  Chase uses “Kashmir”, Doc uses “Moby Dick”.  “Rock and Roll” is one of the few songs that can generate a buzz from a crowd no matter the situation

Extremely underrated Who song.  Bad ass guitar riff, sexy synthesizer, gets me jacked up.  It gets played on the weather channel when a serious storm is moving in…therefore you know it means business.

Very Fitting Lyrics, slow intro to build the tension.  David Gilmour Riffage at its best.  Could be awesome.  And who doesn’t need a dirty woman.  Or a dirty girl.

Straight Up Rock n Roll right here.  Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney bring the heat.

Couldn’t leave this one out.  If Paps uses this ill go out and buy 10 of his jerseys.

One response to “Phils Sign Papelbon

  1. toosoxy November 14, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    You SHOULD be excited! Many Boston fans are quite sad.

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