CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Jonathan Papelbon was the closer in Boston for six seasons. That role belongs to Andrew Bailey now after Papelbon left Boston as a free agent and signed with the Philadelphia Phillies.
But Papelbon has no doubt that Bailey is up for the task, even as he moves from a small-market, non-contender like Oakland into a market like Boston, where everything gets magnified.
"You can look on that both ways,'' said Papelbon said after reporting to Phillies' camp. "He's going to a city that, on those days when it's a day game in September or August, and the stadium is packed and he has no life in his body. But as soon he walks onto the field, that life immediately comes up. He's going to have that, which is a huge positive for him.
"But then again, everybody is going to have something to say about whether he's doing his job. He's going to have play his own game. He's got all the talent in the world. He should be able to thrive in that environment.''