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Jonathan Papelbon fears crowds, Obama

Apr 17, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

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Jonathan Papelbon lived in Boston for a long time and had some personal insight and reflection about safety and things in the wake of Monday’s bombing.

But then he kept talking. Here he is on CSNPhilly.com, first mentioning an arguably reasonable fear of teams having players enter through the stands.  Then he adds “Shoot man, Obama wants to take our guns from us and everything. And you got this stuff going on? It’s a little bit insane for me.”

Ballplayers! They’re just like us!

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  1. dinkydow - Apr 17, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Never was a big fan of Papelbon but he has a right to his opinion. Just because he doesn’t agree with you, or me, doesn’t make him an idiot or a fool. I agree with poster – “thebad guyswon”. ….” it really is something how these topics devolve into ugliness.”
    I know,, I know, I should STFU!

    • anxovies - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:24 AM

      I watched the interview. He is an idiot and a fool. Sorry.

  2. djpostl - Apr 17, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    And intelligent Phillies fans fear anything less than a three-run lead with Papelbum on the hill.

  3. carbydrash - Apr 17, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    No Johnny, no one wants to take your guns. They just want to make it harder to use them to murder children.

    But go ahead and cling to that overly simplistic world view if that’s the most complexity your monkey-brain can handle.

    • greysolon - Apr 17, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      Because calling someone you disagree with “monkey brain” is non-simplistic? Thanks perfesser.

      • carbydrash - Apr 17, 2013 at 5:56 PM

        You’re right. I should have called him up and engaged in a vigorous debate. Better yet, once again write out the vast amounts on information that have already been published numerous times that disprove the “Obama wants to take our guns” nonsense.

        No, there is a point where you have to stop catering to willful ignorance. The retort is always the same “that Obama gonna take my gun!”. Fucking nonsense. Anyone who continues to believe that after all this deserves nothing more than mockery.

      • greysolon - Apr 17, 2013 at 6:20 PM

        Everyone you disagree with is just too stupid to realize how right you are, so no need to go into depth yourself. And when people read the self-righteous anger of those like you who hold gun owners in such contempt, it’s no wonder people don’t want those like you and Obama to have more power over them.

  4. kiwicricket - Apr 17, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Holy shit, I really do believe some of you people on here live on a different planet.
    ‘Taking away your guns’ or is it really ‘limiting the access’ to incredibly dangerous, preposterously suited assault weapons for normal citizens?

    At what stage or facet has ‘banning all guns’ been mentioned?
    I love hunting, I even like guns, but do I think a citizen should gain access to an assault rifle? You are out of your fucking mind.

    Hand guns are highly illegal in New Zealand. It is deemed unnecessary. We even use helpful statistics gathered in the United States telling us that they are actually detrimental to society.
    Hunters use rifles or shotguns, if one feels the need to ‘protect’ ones self and family, I am sure a shotgun would suffice. No???

    You want to take a guess as to the rates of violent crime or murder involving guns in NZ??

    I really refuse to believe some of you people out there are THAT touched, that you can’t see the difference between normal gun ownership and military style weapons.
    Spare me the constitutional or political crap, look at it logically.

    • greysolon - Apr 17, 2013 at 6:27 PM

      Not a different planet, a different country. New Zealand doesn’t even have half the number of people that LA county does. And NZ is nearly all white, all Christian, has virtually zero illegal immigration, and doesn’t have 24 hr non stop film, tv shows, video games promoting bloodshed.

      You live in the equivalent of a little house in the mountains while having the gall to tell people who live in the inner city what to do and how to live.

      • kiwicricket - Apr 17, 2013 at 6:47 PM

        Google is your friend. It is wise. Ask it things before spouting off nonsense you know nothing about.
        (Auckland, a city of 1.5 million people is one of the most culturally diverse cities on the planet, by the way)

        I have the ‘gall’ to ask such people why they demand to have the right to own a military style assault rifle for ‘protection’ when a handgun or shotgun should suffice?

        Our country has just as many ‘nut-jobs’ as you guys(when adjusted for population) difference is, we don’t let them gain easy access to military styled automatic weapons or even handguns.

      • historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2013 at 7:02 PM

        Wait, are you seriously saying that we need guns because of the people of color here? Please tell me that was a mistake or bad word choice.

      • greysolon - Apr 18, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        You say I spout nonsense but can’t refute anything I’ve said. NZ has only as many people as the state of Kentucky and they are spread out all over a large country– this leads to less crime. Most of the country is Christian– this leads to less crime. Most of the country is white, which leads to less crime. The country is one which doesn’t promote violence and bloodshed– this leads to less crime. The country has virtually zero illegal immigration– this leads to less crime.

      • greysolon - Apr 18, 2013 at 3:04 PM

        “Wait, are you seriously saying that we need guns because of the people of color here? Please tell me that was a mistake or bad word choice.”

        “People of color” was your word choice, not mine. I am of mixed race myself. There is an increased need for guns because of certain races in this country, not all non-white races, if that is what you are getting at– which of course it is.

        Blacks and Mexicans commit far more crimes than any other race here. You cannot honestly doubt this. You may come up with this reason or that reason— but it is true nonetheless.

    • badintent - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      New Zealand, where men are men and sheep are Nervous !Baaaaaaaaaaaaa

      • cur68 - Apr 18, 2013 at 1:58 AM

        Like he’s never heard that one before

        /whistles innocently and saunters off

  5. randygnyc - Apr 17, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Koufax- the senate failed. It never had a chance in the house anyway. Looks like the constitution prevailed. We can debate this again when the number of murders from guns are equal to those through abortion. Only about 50 million more to go.

    • zemongoose - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:45 PM

      I’m starting to understand why you got harrassed in Philly. We don’t take kindly to the inbred.

    • kiwicricket - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:19 PM

      Randy, how on earth are those two things related when in context to this subject?
      I almost find your comment offensive.

      Why should average citizens have easy access to automatic, military styled assault weapons?

  6. coloradostupid - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Says a lot to me about intelligence, logic, and racism. Glad Pap is no longer in Boston. Good riddance.

  7. zemongoose - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Hopefully he becomes the Ray Chapman of pitchers

  8. randygnyc - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    Kiwi- you have no skin in this game. You have no idea what the fuck you are talking about. I let it slide the first time you used the term because you’re a foreigner. Just to be clear, citizens don’t have access to automatic weapons. We haven’t since 1934, except with a special permit through the treasury department. All of our weapons, rifles, handguns, shotguns, etc are one pull of the trigger, one bullet.

    • kiwicricket - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:00 AM

      Randy,
      As someone who has visited regularly, spent tourist dollars, lived, worked and paid taxes in the United States, I think I am entitled to an opinion. Please let me know if any of these categories make my opinion void, I will cease to comment on this matter…

      Sure, my use of ‘automatic’ and ‘semi-automatic’ was incorrect. I stand corrected. But does it really make a difference?
      You are full aware of what I meant, so I find your attempt to misconstrue my argument petty and simplistic.

      Most other developed countries, you are forbidden to own handguns, let alone assault rifles. For a very good reason. The slim slim minority of owners endanger the lives of countless others. It is not worth the risk involved. Do you hear anyone from these other countries harping on childishly about constitutions and freedom rights? No.

      Now, would you be so kind as to explain to a person with ‘no skin in this argument’ and ‘no idea what the fuck I am talking about’ why exactly you think it’s imperative citizens of the United States should have easy access to military styled assault rifles? Crazed Zombie sheep becoming an issue somewhere in Montana? Please enlighten me.

      Oh, and why someone such as yourself is completely and utterly incapable of digesting plain simple language correctly? “Gun control” ie. trying to reduce nut-jobs murdering children by controlling the access to incredibly dangerous, utterly unnecessary assault rifles ….and ‘takin’ our guns away’ which was never uttered by anyone.

      Politely yours,

      Foreign Citizen .

      • greysolon - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:36 PM

        “Most other developed countries, you are forbidden to own handguns, let alone assault rifles. For a very good reason. The slim slim minority of owners endanger the lives of countless others. It is not worth the risk involved. Do you hear anyone from these other countries harping on childishly about constitutions and freedom rights? No”


        Nonsense. In most Central and South American countries, handguns are illegal– and violence, particularly gun violence, is an epidemic. The “regular folks” are begging to try to get the laws changed in order to protect themselves. Mexico is one of the most dangerous and deadly countries in the world and they have strict gun control.

        Since you live in an idyllic land far from all problems and violence, you likely don’t know that hundreds of thousands of Central Americans and Mexicans pour into the southern US every year. Our crime rates have gone way up accordingly. Why in the world should we give up our guns just because it happens to be YOUR internet fantasy?

        Put another way– What do you have against single black women living alone in the inner city?

  9. randygnyc - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Glocc- you had better consult an attorney, lol. Driving on a public road in the United States is not a right. It is a privilege. That means it must be earned and maintained. Owning a gun is a natural right. The only way to lose that right is to demonstrate mental illness or commit a felony.

    • kiwicricket - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:05 AM

      If you take that point of view, that is fine. Others might disagree, but that that your view.

      Now Randy, can you please distinguish why someone has the ‘right’ to own a military style ‘semi-automatic’ weapon for ‘protection’ as apposed to a shotgun or handgun, both of which a freely available in the market.

      It seems appropriate as it is the actual facts involved, as apposed to make-believe, uninformed, fear driven mindlessness.

      • greysolon - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:15 PM

        “It seems appropriate as it is the actual facts involved, as apposed to make-believe, uninformed, fear driven mindlessness.”

        “Uninformed, fear driven mindlessness indeed.

        Why in the world are YOU so worried about us here? Mass public shootings in the U.S. have gone down over the last twenty years. Murders by firearms in the U.S. are the lowest since 1960. The homicide rate is the lowest since 1960.

        Meanwhile, homicides in idyllic, “you should be like us” New Zealand are up 218% over the last twenty years.

        Thanks for telling us what to do and how to act, but– maybe you should worry about your own country.

  10. bkg63 - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:15 AM

    Papelbon has a right to his views, irrational though they may seem; as a Phillie fan, I think he’s a bit of an embarrassment; just play ball and try not to blow the lead….

  11. purpleronin - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:19 PM

    “Why anyone needs an automatic weapon is beyond me”

    I think for some it serves as a penile upgrade…

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 20, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Brain transplant.

  12. wpjohnson - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    Good for Papelbon. I would suggest that Obama and Papelbon change jobs. I have no doubt that Papelbon could handle Obama’s job. However, Obama’s limp-wristed, feminine baseball throwing motion indicates that he has absolutely no athletic ability. It reminds one of his leadership ability. All show and blow but no reality.

  13. jimeejohnson - Apr 20, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Jonathan PapelBUM single handedly ruined the Red Sox chance to go to the playoffs 2 seasons ago, by serving up fastballs right down the pipe for the Baltimore Orioles to tee off on. Who cares what he thinks about anything: he chokes at the worst times, and has always been an overrated BUM.

  14. ok9275 - Apr 23, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    This has to be the most idiotic interview out there…

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