Jonathan “not a Phillie” Papelbon told Jim Salisbury that he will be disappointed if the Phillies fail to trade him this year and if they “continue to lose.” It’s the world’s smallest “if.” Papelbon continued to Salisbury:
“If we can rebuild this situation and make it right, and we can get some wins underneath our belt and Ryne Sandberg can get us going, that’s a whole different story. To me, that’s a better part of the story because now I’ve been a part of this remodeling. I’ve been a part of getting this bullpen correct. I’ve been a part of something that’s becoming a winning tradition and going back to the way it was before I got here. To me, there’s no better reward than that.”
Sure Paps. There is no better reward than turning the team around and getting them back on the road to glory. You got three or four years to spare?