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Posted: Thursday March 8, 2012 7:53PM ; Updated: Thursday March 8, 2012 7:53PM

Papelbon praises Phillies fans

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Jonathan Papelbon has already endeared himself to Phillies fans without throwing a meaningful pitch.

Papelbon, the former Boston Red Sox closer, had high praise for Philadelphia fans, even though he's only been with the team a few months.

"The difference between Boston and Philadelphia, the Boston fans are a little bit more hysterical when it comes to the game of baseball," Papelbon said in a radio interview with Philadelphia's 94-WIP. "The Philly fans tend to know the game a little better, being in the National League, you know, the way the game is played. I've had a guy take of his prosthetic leg and throw it in the bullpen in Boston."

Papelbon signed a $50 million, four-year contract with the Phillies in November, the richest deal ever for a reliever. He was a four-time All-Star in seven seasons with the Red Sox, and helped them win the 2007 World Series title.

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