FORT MYERS, Fla. — New Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey is no fool. A day after former Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon said Sox fans weren't as smart as the fans in Philadelphia, Bailey respectfully disagreed.
"Growing up a Phillies fan, they're great, too. But so far the Nation is pretty good," Bailey said. "There's no reason to cause drama from my perspective. Your fans are the ones who go out and support you. For me, I loved them all ... The Red Sox have a very intelligent fan base."
Bailey didn't know what Papelbon had said until this afternoon. He found it amusing.
"To say one fan base is better than the other, I've never really seen that," Bailey said. "It's definitely welcoming to be here. This fan base has been awesome.
"Papelbon's got to do his own thing down there. He's got to embrace that fan base. I'm thankful to be here and I'm looking forward to the opportunity ... It's going to be fun."