Jonathan Papelbon pops off on Manny Ramirez

FORT MYERS – Jonathan Papelbon [stats] minced few words about the dark, final days of Manny Ramirez [stats]’ tenure with the Red Sox [team stats] in an interview in the April issue of Esquire magazine.
Papelbon described Ramirez as a “cancer.”

“It just takes one guy to bring an entire team down, and that’s exactly what was happening,” Papelbon told Esquire. “Once we saw that, we weren’t afraid to get rid of him. It’s like cancer. That’s what he was. Cancer. He had to go. It (stunk), but that was the only scenario that was going to work. That was it for us.”