Prior to the Red Sox' game against the Atlanta Braves Friday night, Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon took time to address comments he made to Sirius Radio Thursday in which he said he was open to playing for the New York Yankees when his current contract ran out. During the seven-minute session, Papelbon made it clear his first priority is to stay a member of the Red Sox as long as possible.
"I just think that when people hear what I said or people read what I said sometimes they can only see certain things. I want to make that clear, I don't want to go (expletive) play for the Yankees," Papelbon said. "Believe me, I've got a ring here and I'm playing for a manager and general manager who are going to protect me. I've been on a team in baseball who has been in first-place more than any other (expletive) team in baseball. It's just a simple fact for me that what I was stating that guys nowadays don't necessarily get the opportunity to be with a team for a long period of time. Do I want to be with the Red Sox for as long as I can? Of course. There is no question about because I know I'm playing a manager and general manager who are going to protect me and to me that's all that matters."
For the entire transcript of Papelbon's pre-game comments see the "Full Count Blog".
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