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Papelbon has a heavy heart over former hometown

Jonathan Papelbon, the former Red Sox closer, said he lived not far from where Monday's explosion occurred.

Papelbon has a heavy heart over former hometown

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Jonathan Papelbon pitches during 5th inning as the Phillies play the Tampa Bay Rays in Clearwater, Fl. on March 9, 2013. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Jonathan Papelbon pitches during 5th inning as the Phillies play the Tampa Bay Rays in Clearwater, Fl. on March 9, 2013. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

As most of the Phillies checked into the visiting clubhouse at Great American Ball Park on Monday, the explosions at the conclusion of the Boston Marathon had just occurred.

All eyes were glued to the TV screens as the anchorman from a cable station read aloud the latest reports. Jonathan Papelbon went up to one of the TVs and pointed.

"I used to live right above where one of the bombs went off," the current Phillies closer and former Red Sox closer said a little while later. "It's kind of surreal. I don't know man, it's crazy. It's hard to even think about.... It's sad, man."

Papelbon spent his first seven major league seasons with the Boston Red Sox before signing with the Phillies last winter. 

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"Patriot's Day is a big thing is Boston," Papelbon said. "Sox play at 11 o'clock. It's all ruined. Families are ruined, lives are ruined. For what? It's just sad."

Papelbon watched the news in both horror and astonishment.

"I'm looking at it right now and I'm like, damn I used to live right there," said Papelbon, who still knows people that live in the building. "I can't get in tough with anyone right now. It's hard to get in touch with anybody there right now."

Papelbon lived in the neighborhood during his entire tenure with the Red Sox.

"It's just... it's just sad, man. Hopefully the city can rally and make things better, but it's going to be tough," Papelbon said. "It's hard to put in words."

Daily News Staff Writer
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