Jonathan Papelbon has been one of the most cold-blooded closers in the major leagues over the past seven years. And it appears that through his role as a late-inning stopper Papelbon has developed an overly confident alter-ego.
"Cinco," as Papelbon enjoys referring to himself, has settled into his new home in Philadelphia and is now lashing out against his previous team in Boston, which he begrudgingly references as the "other city."
Papelbon granted an interview to WEEI's Rob Bradford on Thursday, appearing on the Mut and Merloni Show and making some choice remarks about his former club.
"I don’t feel bad. No," Papelbon said of leaving the Red Sox after such a historic collapse in September 2011. "Cinco is gutless man. I don't feel bad for people."
Papelbon continued with his third-person references and even made comments about the Red Sox training staff, explaining that he far prefers the Phillies staff.
"I am confident in my ability and ain't nobody going to tell me what to do. Nobody tells Cinco what to do." Papelbon said of the Red Sox' training staff. "They [the Phillies] understand that I am going to be successful because I know how to be successful. I still did things my way when I was there in Boston. I just had someone chirping in my ear the whole time."
Towards the end of the interview, Papelbon expressed his thoughts on the upcoming weekend series with the Red Sox. Although it may be a cool experience for Red Sox fans to see Papelbon on the mound again, the 31-year-old reliever doesn't seem to cherish the moment quite the same.
"It won't be weird. It might be a little weird for Pap, but it won't be weird for Cinco. Cinco is like a Great White, when he smells blood he attacks."
Papelbon signed a four-year, $52 million deal with Philadelphia in December. The successful closer is 0-1 with a 2.40 ERA and 10 saves this season.