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Papelbon interacts with fans at MLB Fan Cave

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NEW YORK -- Closer Jonathan Papelbon made his first visit to the MLB Fan Cave in Greenwich Village before Saturday's game. Papelbon did a number of activities at the Fan Cave, from talking with fans to doing promotional work to even sharing a few pitching lessons.

Papelbon was still eager to visit the Fan Cave after the Phillies' game against the Mets on Friday night took more than four hours.

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"Long games make the season longer, but it was fine," he said. "It was nice to meet some people there. It was a lot of fun."

Papelbon said the best part of his experience was asking fans who were around the Fan Cave if they could take a baseball and throw a strike from a distance to hit bottles. He eventually participated in the game for a few minutes, too.

Papelbon has been strong for the Phillies this season. He has pitched 13 scoreless innings and converted his 10th consecutive save opportunity in Friday's 3-2 win over the Mets in 11 innings.

"Any time you're a closer and you get the opportunity to get the team back on track, it's definitely a good thing," he said.

Nate Taylor is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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