Napoli Hopes To Cut Down On Strikeouts, Eager To Repeat

February 11, 2014 6:30 PM
Napoli Hopes To Cut Down On Strikeouts, Eager To Repeat
" BOSTON (CBS) – A healthy Mike Napoli is already in Fort Myers, along with the 30+ other members of the Red Sox who have reported to spring training early, ready to defend their World Series crown.

This year Napoli won’t be hampered by a hip disorder that slowed his first spring training with the Red Sox. He won’t have to place such a great focus on taking ground balls at first base, a position he was transitioning to full-time a year ago, and he signed a two-year deal in the off-season, meaning he knows where he’ll be for the foreseeable future.

Napoli had plenty of fun this off-season, celebrating the team’s World Series through the streets of Boston and back home in Florida. He couldn’t hide from the Red Sox Nation faithful around the country, in large part thanks to that burly beard of his, but said it was fun to be recognized wherever he went. He even popped in the World Series DVD a few weeks back, causing a few chills as he relived some key moments throughout a dramatic season.

But now, Napoli is putting all of last year’s glory where it belongs: in the past "

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