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Mariano Rivera reportedly got an ovation at a Boston steakhouse

Mariano RiveraPrior to Saturday evening, the last time Mariano Rivera was given a standing ovation by fans in Boston was the day the Red Sox received their rings after winning their first World Series in 86 years. The Sox had gotten the best of Rivera during the 2004 ALCS, and the applause was the fans’ way of mocking him for his uncharacteristic performance. The veteran took it in stride.

On Saturday, the reception Mo received at Fenway Park was much more genuine. Red Sox fans gave him a standing ovation as he jogged out from the bullpen en route to his 31st save of the season. The hospitality continued after the game.

Between his special moment at the All-Star game and all the incredible gifts teams have presented him with this season, Rivera is enjoying one of the most memorable farewell tours in sports history. For the greatest closer of all-time and one of the classiest players in baseball, the attention is beyond well-deserved.

Jonathan Papelbon says Phillies fans know baseball better than Red Sox fans, Sox fan once threw prosthetic leg at him

Jonathan Papelbon was one of the many faces of an era of success in Boston. If there is one thing Phillies fans don’t have to worry about with Papelbon as their closer, it’s how he will respond to pressure. Having been the closer for the Red Sox during their World Series run in 2007, Papelbon knows how to pitch with some of the most rabid fans and arguably the most rabid media market in baseball breathing down his neck. In fact, Pap might feel more comfortable in a Philly uniform than he did in a Boston uniform for two reasons: Phillies fans are more knowledgeable and they probably won’t chuck a prosthetic leg at him while he’s in the bullpen.

“The difference between Boston and Philadelphia, the Boston fans are a little bit more hysterical when it comes to the game of baseball,” Papelbon said during an interview with 94WIP’s Angelo Cataldi and The Morning Team.  “The Philly fans tend to know the game a little better, being in the National League, you know, the way the game is played.

“I’ve had a guy take of his prosthetic leg and throw it in the bullpen in Boston. It’s a religion. It’s a way of life. They come to the field and they expect certain things out of players. It’s an environment where you put up or shut up. I enjoyed that. It got my motor running every day.”

Your move, Philadelphia. I don’t know if this is a compliment or an insult for Boston fans. The part about being less knowledgeable about baseball is certainly an insult, but who doesn’t respect the prosthetic leg guy? Arguably the most committed heckler in professional sports history.

H/T Hardball Talk

Luke Scott rips Red Sox fans: They’re ruthless, vulgar, and they cause trouble

Stop me if you’ve heard this before. Red Sox fans are not known for being the kindest bunch in the nation. Words like disrespectful, loud, and obnoxious are used more often to describe Boston fans than ones like classy and welcoming. Having played in the A.L. East since 2008, Rays outfielder Luke Scott has become quite familiar with Red Sox fans and the way they act at Fenway Park. From the way he makes it sound, it’s worse than many thought.

“Just their arrogance,” Scott said during an interview with MLB.com. “The fans come in and they take over the city. They’re ruthless. They’re vulgar. They cause trouble. They talk about your family. Swear at you. Who likes that? When people do that, it just gives you more incentive to beat them. Then when things like (the last game of last season) happen, you celebrate even more. You go to St. Louis–classiest fans in the game. You do well, there’s no vulgarity. You know what? You don’t wish them bad.”

That sounds about right. Scott is a guy who has never been known to shy away from speaking his mind, so the fact that he feels so strongly about it should surprise no one. Boston is a massive media market. The stuff Red Sox fans have seen in the paper and on ESPN for the past several decades has placed a permanent chip on their shoulder. A lot of what Scott said is accurate, but that goes for Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and any other big-market team as well.

Take it from one who knows. Going to a Red Sox game is another excuse to get hammered for half the people in attendance. I once witnessed a bunch of 20-something-year-olds make their way to the first row behind the bullpen at the end of a game just to verbally assault Jonathan Papelbon — one of their own players. Some cursing was mixed in and let’s just say Pap wasn’t happy. Maybe I was one of those 20-something-year-olds. Maybe I wasn’t.

Fist pound to Hardball Talk

Red Sox Fan Makes Boob Grab (Video)

Who had the better boob grab, that Red Sox fan, or this Phillies fan? The Phillies fan went Big Red and made it last a little longer, so he may get the nod. The big difference is the Sawx fan did it without knowing he was on TV, which makes it pretty awesome. My how the Brian Urlacher influence is spreading.

Thanks to It’s Always Sunny in Detroit for the find

Video: Red Sox Fan Laid Out By Security Guard

Much like Phillies fans, we are all aware of how crazy Boston Red Sox fans can be.  Some are crazy in a fun way while others are crazy in an obnoxious way.  Then there are those who are just plain stupid.  Since we all love to give security guards crap for using excessive force (see Cal security guard who slapped a choke hold on a fan), it would be unfair to snub them out of a well-deserved pat on the back.  That is exactly what this Fenway Park security guard — who we call Ray Lewis for the purpose of this discussion — deserves for the hit he put on a Red Sox fan Monday night.  Check out this video of a Red Sox fan getting laid out by a security guard, courtesy of Jimmy Traina:

That hit by Ray Lewis could be even better than the one that Fresno State staffer put on a shirtless maniac in the Fall.  Note to the fan: if you’re going to run onto the field, put a little hop in your step.  The idea is to see how long you can go without getting caught, not to tip-toe around like you’re trying to win a Miss America pageant.  Wake up.

Boston Sports Fans Named Top 5 Most Loyal Across All Sports

Boston sports fans are similar to New York and Philly sports fans in that they’re very passionate and widely disliked because of it. But if there is one quality that Boston sports fans have it’s that they’re extremely loyal. Brand Keys conducted its annual sports loyalty test and Patriots, Spurs, Phillies, and Red Wings fans all were number one in their respective sports. Hardball Talk via Philly Sports Daily noted that the positive ranking for Phillies fans was a nice contrast to GQ which named the Eagles and Phillies fans the meanest last week. But the thread that stood out most to me was that the fans of all four major sports teams in Boston were in the Top 5.

In the NFL, the Patriots fans were ranked as the most loyal ahead of the Steelers, Colts, Packers, and Jets in that order. Celtics fans were named the fourth most loyal, behind the Spurs, Lakers, and Mavs fans but ahead of the Suns. Red Sox fans were named third most loyal behind Phillies and Yankees fans, but ahead of Giants and Dodgers fans who were 4th and 5th. And in the NHL, Bruins fans were 5th most loyal behind the Red Wings, Flyers, Sharks and Canucks. Not all teams’ fans seemed to be included in the surveys, but it still gives us a pretty good idea of something we probably already knew, that Boston fans are enthusiastic and extremely loyal.

Anyway, getting back to Phillies fans, this is great news for their reputation. Most of us know them for horrendous antics like this, this, this, and this. Way to redeem yourselves, Phillies fans!

Yankees Fans Sure Hate Red Sox Fans

There are some times when those sports arguments at the local bar can get a little out of hand. And by a little out of hand, I mean resulting in capital punishment. With Leather has the story of a Yankees fan who was a duck out of water, drinking at a Red Sox bar in Nashua Massachusetts. The woman was being taunted by said Red Sox fans when their argument spilled outside. The Sox fans then found a Yankees sticker on the woman’s car, prompting them to chant, “Yankees suck!” And what ensued? You guessed it:

[Yankees fan Ivonne] Hernandez, 43, allegedly gunned her car and struck [Red Sox fan Matthew] Beaudoin and his friend Maria Hughes, 21. Beaudoin’s sister Faith Beaudoin said Hughes had only minor injuries, because her brother shielded her. Beaudoin died of massive head trauma at a hospital, Morrell said.

Hernandez, of Nashua, was arrested at the scene. She acknowledged she had been drinking and refused to take a breath-alcohol test, said Morrell, a senior assistant attorney general. Hernandez said she had been in an argument with the group.

“She indicated to police that she wanted to scare this group of people. She thought they would get out of the way,” Morrell said.

I suppose when you’re BAC’s as high as Ian Kennedy’s ERA you’re banking on other drunks to get out of the way of a high speed vehicle. Probably not the best way to scare someone. Usually we like to stick with cutting the scrotum of opposing team’s fans — that’s much more civil. I knew Yanks fans and Red Sox fans didn’t like each other, but come on people, be more reasonable here.