Red Sox Napoli on Tanaka’s pitch selection: “What an idiot!”
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 MLB.com 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 MLB.com)
– David Whitlock
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