Last night Jonathan Papelbon earned his 107th save as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. He is now five saves from tying Jose Mesa for the franchise record of 112 saves. Once he reaches that milestone, he'll be the all time franchise saves leader for both the Red Sox and Phillies.
Of course, Paps went on the record yesterday to say he doesn't feel like a Phillie. You can't blame Papelbon, considering he spent his first seven years with the Red Sox, racking up 219 saves to go along with his 2007 World Series ring.
It's interesting to note Papelbon's comments, especially when compared to Hanley Ramirez's comments upon re-signing with the Red Sox after a 10 year hiatus. Ramirez said then that he was happy to go back where he belonged. The obvious difference here is the Red Sox had a mutual desire to join forces with Ramirez. The same may be said with Papelbon. Paps will undoubtedly face trade questions all summer long.
Last night Hanley Ramirez almost had a second consecutive game with a grand slam, but the dreary conditions in Philadelphia and a wind blowing in prevented that.
Here's hoping Ramirez and the Sox have better luck tonight, perhaps even besting their franchise leader in saves!