Fenway Park

Dec. 10, 1978

“Who The Hell Is Stan PapI?”

That question, scrawled in white paint on the Landsdowne St. side of Fenway Park, first appeared about this time.

The answer, as Red Sox fans over the age of 50 will quickly growl, is the sacrificial lamb Boston received from the Montreal Expos in exchange for Bill Lee.

Lee is never at a loss for words, and does not hesitate to answer a direct question with a direct answer. And when the Red Sox, tired of his public  utterances, unloaded him for a journeyman utility infielder, he put his response in writing.

The Boston Globe gave Lee an opportunity to write a farewell. He thanked New England fans (and ultimately showed his love for the region by settling in Vermont). He mourned the Red Sox’ organizational changes that came with the death of Tom Yawkey and the banishment of general manager Dick O’Connell.

Lee says he got along with them quite well.

But his relationship with Zimmer and co-owner/general manager Haywood Sullivan was toxic and irreparable.

In 1979 he was 16-10 with the Expos. From there, he faded away, finally retiring from the big leagues after the the Expos released him in 1982.

As for Stan Papi, he appeared in 51 games for the Red Sox before serving as the player to be named later in a trade with the Phillies for catcher Dave Rader. During that stretch he hit .188, with one homer and six RBIs.