Jonathan Papelbon Calls Mariano Rivera ‘Godfather of Closer Position,’ Says He Made Role What It Is Today


Jonathan Papelbon has struggled a bit lately, but says he remains focused on helping the Red Sox win games, a mind set he likely acquired from Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.

Papelbon has allowed seven earned runs over his last four appearances (3 1/3 innings), ballooning his ERA to 4.50 for the season. He also received a three-game suspension for bumping home-plate umpire Tony Randazzo upon being ejected on Saturday — an ejection that he has appealed. But Papelbon isn't concerned.

The Sox closer praised Mariano Rivera's illustrious career prior to the team's meeting on Wednesday. He said that Rivera started the closer role and has made the role what it is today. Papelbon also said that he wouldn't have a chance to be doing what he's doing today without Rivera.

To hear what else Papelbon had to say, as well as Dennis Eckersley and Tom Caron's take on the two closers, check out the video above from Red Sox Gameday Live Presented by UNO.

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