Napoli Changes It Up A Bit, Hits Game-Winning Homer In ALCS Game 3

October 16, 2013 2:24 AM
Napoli Changes It Up A Bit, Hits Game-Winning Homer In ALCS Game 3
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" BOSTON (CBS) – Many athletes are superstitious, but it seems like baseball players are the most superstitious of that special fraternity.

Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli is just the latest example.

After starting Tuesday night’s ALCS Game 3 with a pair of strikeouts against Detroit starter Justin Verlander, Napoli found himself 0-for-6 for the series. All six of those outs were strikeouts.

Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli walks to the dugout — socks up — after a strikeout in the first inning of Game 3. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Napoli, who set a Red Sox franchise record with 187 K’s in the regular season, was ready to change it up a bit.

But that change wasn’t going to come at the plate. Napoli would continue with his normal approach, ready to grind out tough at-bats until he saw his pitch.

Instead, his change came with his uniform. Napoli went with a new look, opting for a longer pair of pants, and instead of keeping the pant legs up to show off his red socks, he put them down "

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