The all-star closer, who is known throughout Major League Baseball for his outlandish comments, veered into political talk Tuesday while discussing Monday’s bombings in Boston.
“Today’s day and age, has gotten so crazy. Shoot man, Obama wants to take our guns from us and everything. You got all this stuff going on, it’s just a little bit insane for me, man. I’m not sure how to take it,” Papelbon told Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia.
Papelbon played for the Red Sox for seven seasons before joining the Phils in 2011. During that time, he lived in Copley Plaza, just above the steakhouse that was the site of one of the bombings.
On Monday, Papelbon noted that it was “surreal” watching the footage of the bombs go off in his old stomping grounds.
“It’s sad, man,” he told MLB writer Todd Zolecki. “Patriot’s Day is a big thing in Boston. Sox play at 11 o’clock. It’s all ruined. Families are ruined, lives are ruined. For what? It’s just sad. Hopefully the city can rally and make things better, but it’s going to be tough.”
You can watch Papelbon’s interview from Tuesday below: