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Jonathan Papelbon learns from best

On and off the field, Red Sox closer follows Mariano Rivera's path

Updated: February 17, 2010, 1:27 AM ET
By Gordon Edes | ESPNBoston.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Jonathan Papelbon makes no secret of how much he admires Mariano Rivera's track record on the mound. It may be a coincidence, but he also appears to have adopted a strategy similar to Rivera's when it comes to negotiating contracts.

"He's got five [World Series] rings," Papelbon said of the Yankees' closer. "That speaks for itself. Everybody else that's a closer out there is pretty much chasing him."

So far, Papelbon has one ring to his name. His record streak of ...

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