Mike Napoli Comes Through As Advertised For Red Sox

July 22, 2013 1:28 PM
Mike Napoli Comes Through As Advertised For Red Sox
" BOSTON (CBS) — Throughout the offseason, from the time the Red Sox were reported to be in pursuit of Mike Napoli all the way through spring training, there was one readily available set of statistics that made its way into just about every bit of analysis of the acquisition. Those stats said something simple: Napoli was a monster at Fenway Park.

As a visitor at Fenway, Napoli owned a .306 batting average in 19 career games, when he clubbed seven homers, drove in 17 runs and posted a 1.107 OPS. Time and time again, he had crushed the spirits of the Red Sox and their fans. So it made sense for the Sox to want him on their side, and this year, he’s come as advertised.

His latest clutch hit came Sunday night — well, early Monday morning — in a game that seemed destined to never end. A somewhat sloppy game between the Sox and Yankees could not be decided in nine innings, and the game pressed on into the early hours of the morning with an impressive number of fans still in their seats at Fenway "

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