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Papelbon's pregnant wife reportedly felt threatened

Updated: July 16, 2008, 4:14 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon blamed the New York media for creating a firestorm that resulted in his pregnant wife being threatened on Tuesday.

MLB.com reported that during a red carpet parade for the All-Star Game that went down Sixth Avenue in Manhattan, Papelbon and his wife, Ashley, were bombarded by insults from fans.

"I feel like I needed to be in a bulletproof car," Papelbon said, according to the Web site. "My wife is pregnant and she's getting her life threatened. ...

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