Papelbon: Tito's exit sealed Phils' signing

July, 10, 2012
Jonathan Papelbon has many fond memories of his days with the Boston Red Sox. But he realized his days in Boston were numbered when the Red Sox parted ways with longtime manager Terry Francona.

An All-Star in his first season with the Philadelphia Phillies, Papelbon spoke candidly about leaving the Red Sox as a free agent this past offseason, acknowledging that Francona's ouster played a large role in his decision.

"I'd say it closed the door," Papelbon said during Monday's media availability session from the All-Star Game at Kansas City. "Not 100 percent, but I wasn't gonna go there and not know what manager I'd be playing for."

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