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Sat, 02/18/2012 - 1:57pm  

Papelbon: Sox 'won't lay down' after collapse

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- The man who threw the final pitch of the biggest pennant stretch collapse in baseball history says the Red Sox won't be affected this season. As a matter of fact, Jonathan Papelbon said he expects his former team to come out stronger than ever this season to prove a point.

"They'll be motivated, no question about it," Papelbon said in his first spring training press conference Saturday with the Phillies. "There's too many good guys in that clubhouse and too many competitors and too many guys who have too much pride to just lay down and say, 'we can just come lay down.' Those guys aren't going to come into this season and just lay down. They're going to work hard. There's no doubt about it.

"I don't think it was a matter of being surprised or not surprised. I know everybody has had their own opinion about that situation and what went on there. But nobody truly knows what was truly going on. I don't even truly know because I'm worried about myself and doing my own job. Just because a team struggles or somebody struggles doesn't mean they're not doing what they're supposed to be doing. Is that why we lost, no, that's not why we lost because of what was going on in the clubhouse. That had nothing to do with it."

As for his new job as closer of the Phillies and handling the pressure of Philadelphia, Papelbon said he's looking forward to the pressure.

"I like pressure. That's what makes me tick, man. Pitching in this environment is what I enjoy. I don't think any town, whether it's Boston or Philadelphia is going to put any more pressure on [a player] than any fan or city will do. I think big league baseball players expect a lot out of themselves. I don't think they're going to expect any more than a town or city will."

For more, visit the Red Sox team page at weei.com/redsox and the Full Count blog.




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