Red Sox Napoli on Tanaka’s pitch selection: “What an idiot!”

  • David Whitlock

Mike Napoli has one word to describe Masahiro Tanaka after his decision to throw a fastball to him on an two-strike count.  “Idiot.”   The veteran C/1B/DH Napoli promptly deposited the fastball offering into the bleachers, giving the Sox a 2-1 lead in the 9th.  A lead they wouldn’t relinquish.  Ian Browne of reports that those words could be heard on the Fox broadcast after the bomb:

“What an idiot! What an idiot!” a gleeful Napoli roared to David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Jake Peavy and others as he ran back into the dugout, the words clearly picked up by the telecast on FOX.

Napoli wasn’t trying to disparage Tanaka. Instead, he was caught up in the moment and thrilled at what he viewed as a surprise gift.

“Nothing against him,” Napoli said. “I was just surprised he didn’t try to bury another splitter in the dirt.”

Check out the home run video here (via

Could THIS be the moment that turns the Red Sox season around?  The moribund World Champions sit 7 games under .500 and 7 games out of the American League East race (even farther out of the Wild Card).  But to touch up their arch-rival’s clear-cut ace (and Cy Young and Rookie of the Year candidate) Masahiro Tanaka with a big home run to send his team to victory, it just might be.  Still a half season to play!

– David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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