Papelbon's wife apparently was shouted at from the street. Calling these shout-outs "death threats" may be technically accurate but also ridiculously sensationalistic. Classless? Absolutely. Indicative of Yankees fans or New Yorkers in general? Probably not. Combine alcohol with young male sports fans and you're likely to hear crude stuff regardless of where you are. I'd be embarrassed to admit some of the stuff I shouted at Larry "Chipper" Jones "back in the day" (although I never threw a battery).
I do think Papelbon's reaction to all of this was a bit off to say the least. I'm not really sure what he expected. This is the nature of sports rivalries, especially one that is so scrutinized. It's like opening the genie's bottle and requesting your wish. No matter how carefully you word it, the media will find a way to use it to sell papers. It's not like the NY media is the only one to do this, they just get more attention than everyone else.
And lastly, I think the Yankees fans in attendance are boobs for booing Papelbon. If you don't care about the outcome why the heck did you go to the game? And if you do care about the outcome then how do you do that to "your" team. I realize it's not completely the same but I have no problem rooting for Chipper or Utley or whoever during the All-Star game.
Maine has a good swing for a pitcher but on anything that moves, he has no chance. And if it's a fastball, it has to be up in the zone. Basically, the pitcher has to hit his bat. - Mike Pelfrey