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"They'll be motivated, no question about it,'' said Papelbon after arriving in camp with the Philadelphia Phillies. "There's too many good guys in the clubhouse, too many competitors, too many who have too much pride to just lay down. Those guys aren't going to come into this season and lay down. They're going to work hard, there's no doubt about it.''
Papelbon was asked about some of the lack of commitment of some teammates last year when the Sox hit the skids in the final month and lost out on a playoff spot.
"Everybody has his own opinion about what went on there,'' said Papelbon. "Nobody knows what truly was going on. I don't even know because I was worried about myself and doing my own job. Just because a team struggles doesn't mean that not doing what they're supposed to be doing.
What's better than calling for the Sox to make up for last season and knowing if they don't achieve that goal, you had nothing to do with it this time? He could say "The Red Sox will not re-coup from last season because they don't have the talent or confidence", and it wouldn't matter. Blow a few important games in September and jump ship, then say everything will be fine for the former club. I don't sound bitter at all. I know it was the right thing to say and he has moved on, but this is a different mix of players and a mostly new coaching staff. Who knows how, or if, this team will react and redeem themselves.
There are a few new faces on this club and they have no thoughts of redemption in 2012. Same for the coaching staff with the except of Bogar. It is time to just forget about 2011 and go into this season just playing for 2012 and don't try too hard to make things right. Sure the image of last season will forever be burned in our minds, but it is in the past and there is nothing any Sox player or coach can say to make it right or change anything. Long story short, It's time for Pap to focus on Philly and only Philly, and I hope this is the last thing I write that concerns the 2011 season.
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