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“Philadelphia has a cool feel to it, man,’’ Papelbon says. “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.”
First commenter who disagrees with Papelbon’s assessment gets beaten with a baguette.
In his first home appearance, Papelbon gave up a home run to Miami’s Austin Kearns. The ball cleared the leftfield fence and landed in a flower bed. Manuel laughed. “That’s how we welcome our new pitchers to the team,’’ Manuel told Papelbon.
Manuel doesn’t have to worry about his closer’s mindset. “He’s a character, a real character,’’ Manuel says.
Indeed, Papelbon even has an alter ego, the super-competitive Cinco Ocho (Spanish for “58,” his jersey number). “He’s fearless, ruthless, feared and evil, like a tornado going through a trailer park,’’ Papelbon says.
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