This was not the first time Phillies fans greeted Jonathan Papelbon with boos, but it was impossible to ignore them Thursday afternoon when the closer entered to protect a 2-1 victory. He threw 55 pitches in the previous two nights and allowed four runs.
"I heard some of them," Papelbon said.
He threw 10 pitches for an effortless save. Papelbon, who has not hidden his desire for a trade, could be stuck in Philadelphia. Teams are reluctant to absorb his generous salary or to surrender talent in exchange for money and Papelbon's services. The Tigers and Angels have filled their closer needs.
Papelbon said he would not mind remaining in Philadelphia. But it is not his preference. He is sure to hear boos again.