Papelbon on Rivera: "We have an awesome relationship."
- "We have a great relationship, just from the fact that we understand each other and have that mutual respect for each other. I've always referred to him as 'The Godfather.' He's the godfather of closers. He obviously has done a lot of great things for this role. He's done so much to make this role what it is today. I have a lot of respect for him, from that aspect.
"I'm a big believer in paying your dues. If I have to step aside for an elder statesman, I'll do it.
- "At the same time, I'm going after it. There's no question about it. One day, I might surpass him. If I said I didn't want to do that, I'd be questioning myself, my own character.""
- Terry Francona's first responsibility is to the corporate ownership of the Boston Red Sox. Why would they let Mariano Rivera have this day? They've made it quite clear when it comes to media, they're the Yankees' Daddy.