Thursday March 08, 2012 | 05:56 PM

When the Boston Red Sox replaced closer Jonathan Papelbon with Andrew Bailey, Boston appeared to save a lot of money, while keeping a quality arm for the ninth inning.

It remains to be seen if Boston will regret letting Papelbon go.

At least in Bailey, the Red Sox have a class individual.

Which brings us to Papelbon, who signed a four-year, $50-million contract with the Phillies.

While in Boston, Fenway Park crowds cheered wildly for Papelbon. But those fans just aren't as smart of some other fans, according to Papelbon, who was interviewed by a Philadelphia radio interview:

"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. "The Philly fans tend to know the game a little better, being in the National League, you know, the way the game is played."

Papelbon did say he liked playing for the Boston fans:

"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."

And the mouth is still running.

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