// Mike Napoli

Red Sox Weekly Round Up: Starting Pitching Continues to be Woeful

I’ve done my absolute best to be optimistic about this pitching staff. Of course we all know how unproven the entire rotation was coming into this season, but it seemed like the five of them would be able to put it together. Each pitcher has had success in the past and the thought was they […]

Red Sox Weekly Round Up: Joe Kelly and Clay Buchholz Shine Early

After the most brutal winter in the history of Boston, the start of a new season of Red Sox baseball is just what we needed. The temperature is finally rising and there is legitimate buzz surrounding this team. Thanks to the additions of high-profile free agents Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez, the young players like […]

Red Sox 2015 Preview: Napoli, Pedroia, Bogaerts, Sandoval, Ortiz

The Red Sox are expected to have one of the best lineups in baseball, and most of that comes from their versatility and depth around the infield. This could be one of the best offensive teams in baseball during the 2015 season, and with the rotation lacking luster at the top, manager John Farrell will […]

Mike Napoli (Finally) Shaves, Signalling the End of a Red Sox Era

It was, as Agent Smith likes to say, inevitable. Mike Napoli, the lone bastion of the bearded 2013 World Series Champion Red Sox, ended his hairy-faced holdout and finally shaved. Take a look, courtesy of NESN and the official Red Sox Twitter feed: Yes, that is still Mike Napoli… http://t.co/FHFh73LSD6pic.twitter.com/JNSqMX71si — Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) […]

Video: Napoli Beaned, Homers into Fifth Deck in 7-Run 11th Inning for Red Sox

Tuesday night’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays started off reasonably well for Mike Napoli, with a first inning single that allowed him to eventually score on a double by Will Middlebrooks. Then the game took a turn for the worse for the Red Sox first baseman, as he struck out swinging in the third, then was […]

Trading Jon Lester Could Ignite a Red Sox Dynasty

I love Jon Lester. As a native New Englander with a passion for baseball, I have always admired the intensity Lester brings to the mound every fifth day. He has been a reliable starting pitcher since his first full season, making at least 31 starts every year since 2008, and his 21 starts this season rank […]

Red Sox Should Invest in Youth; Look Beyond 2014

What exactly was the 2013 season for the Boston Red Sox? A miraculous journey from Spring Training underdogs to bearded kings of October? A triumphant year of destiny inspired by the tragic events of the Boston Marathon? Hardly. The reality is that the 2013 World Series was purchased by the Red Sox, as free agents like Mike […]

Video: Mike Napoli Hits Walk-Off Home Run Against Twins

The Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Minnesota Twins Wednesday despite only scoring FIVE runs in the series. Here are two of them, courtesy of David Ortiz (first) and then… Mike Napoli: Your browser does not support iframes.

Buy or Sell? Red Sox Have Bright Future Despite 2014 Woes

When the July 31 trading deadline arrives, teams across the landscape of Major League Baseball will be forced to acknowledge the standings, and recognize where they belong in the pennant race. There is plenty of time between now and then for teams like the Boston Red Sox to reverse their poor fortunes and ride momentum […]

Red Sox Send Lavarnway to DL, Call Up Alex Hassan as 1B Replacement

First baseman and Massachusetts native Alex Hassan will join the Boston Red Sox after Ryan Lavarnway was placed on the disabled list with a sore left wrist. Hassan is one of the only viable options to fulfill first base duties with Mike Napoli also on the DL. Lavarnway had just arrived in Boston for the […]

Red Sox First Month Recap

April ended on Wednesday which means the first month of the 2014 regular season is now over for the 2013 World Series Champions Boston Red Sox. The Red Sox produced a 15-16 record through the first 31 games of the season, which is good for third place overall in the American League East Division. The […]

What Will Replace the Beards for the Red Sox in 2014?

Ladies and gentlemen, spring training is here, the 2014 season has begun, and the Boston Red Sox title defense is underway. Pitchers and catchers have reported to Fort Meyers. Dustin Pedroia has already taken batting practice. Ryan Dempster decided he could do without $13 million and took a sabbatical. And true to their word, the […]

A Red Sox Fan’s Guide to Jonny Gomes’s Commemorative World Series Tattoo

In case you missed it, Jonny Gomes got an enormous tattoo commemorating the 2013 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox. No, seriously: How sick is this?! pic.twitter.com/ADLNlj0q2q — Mike Napoli (@MikeNapoli25) February 7, 2014 Once I got over just how incredible that tattoo is — and went out and got one inked for myself, of […]

Ranking the AL East: First Base

It feels like the Red Sox just won the World Series and there is a long offseason ahead of us, but things have snuck up on us pretty quickly and Spring Training is now 12 days away. With baseball so close, three writers at Sports of Boston, Scott Siegler, Brian Roach, and myself, have felt […]

Ben Cherington Conservative Again with Off-Season Approach

As teams continue to open their wallets and dish out big dollars this off-season, the Boston Red Sox remain conservative in their approach. In spite of losing center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury to free agency and potentially losing shortstop Stephen Drew as well, GM Ben Cherington seems to be replicating his off-season game plan from last […]