Philadelphia Phillies’ closer Jonathan Papelbon isn’t exactly known for his positive demeanor, rosy personality or being much of a team leader.
This year, the veteran wants that to change.
He has already told reporters he believes the Phillies are the most talented team in baseball and now he wants to be a positive influence to his teammates as he tries to collect his second World Series ring (He won the World Series in 2007 as a member of the Boston Red Sox).
“This year, I’m definitely trying to be a lot more of a positive influence and be more upbeat,” Papelbon told Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly. “It starts from Ryno. It starts from our manager encouraging us to stay positive and be upbeat even though the last two seasons didn’t go as expected for myself and the rest of the guys in that clubhouse.
“This spring training is a big, big difference from the last two — even just in the first few days. There is a lot more upbeat positivity. It’s night and day, it really is.
In 2013, Papelbon had 29 saves and an ERA of 2.92 in 61 appearances.