Jonathan Papelbon, Philadelphia Phillies
For a while it looked like Jonathan Papelbon was going to be Boston’s version of Mariano Rivera, racking up big save numbers for many years with one team. Papelbon began his major-league career in Boston and spent seven seasons pitching for the Red Sox. Papelbon, a fan favorite for his dominance and enthusiasm, closed out the 2007 World Series against the Colorado Rockies and recorded 229 saves in his Red Sox career, the most in franchise history. And he danced to Dropkick Murphys while wearing a Bud Light box on his head, endearing him to the Fenway faithful for years, so it seemed.
After the collapse of September 2011, Papelbon signed a four-year deal, $50 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies after the Red Sox held the line on offering him a big contract. The now NL all-star got in some hot water with fans in Boston when he implied that Philadelphia fans were smarter baseball fans than the ones that cheered him on at Fenway year after year. In his return to Boston last May, Papelbon received a mixed reaction from the crowd faithful when he took the mound in the ninth and closed out the Red Sox for his 105th career save at Fenway Park.