Speaking from his home 12 days after the end of the season, Papelbon had this to say to WEEI.com's Rob Bradford
about the departure of Francona and the end of the season: "I wouldn't say [I was] surprised," said Papelbon. "That's a bad word to use. I would say more like shocked. The shock value increased and the realization that, you know, if I come back to Boston next year; I was more like, is this really happening? I wasn't surprised. It's hard to be surprised in Boston because every little whisper people try to run with it. It's hard to be surprised."