What did you think the first “controversy” would be at Red Sox training camp? Manny showing up late? Schilling passing around a petition to allow George W to run for a third term? Julian Tavarez urinating behind the mound during a game? All good guesses. I certainly wouldn’t have expected it to be Jonathan Papelbon bitching about his salary.
“It’s a tough situation for me right now,” Papelbon said. “I feel like with me being at the top of my position, I feel like that (salary) standard needs to be set and I’m the one to set that standard and I don’t think that the Red Sox are really necessarily seeing eye to eye with me on that subject right now.”