// Mike Napoli

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 […]

Connelly’s Top Ten – Patriots Stink but Exciting; Poor Gronk

1. Patriots Gift of interference evens out the non-fumble call at beginning of game, which was a 10-point swing and changed the entire complexion of the game Scoring * Failed to score in the first quarter six times this year * Didn’t score a touchdown in the first half six times this year * Failed […]

Mike Napoli Re-Signs with Red Sox

Red Sox fans can breathe easy now, Mike Napoli is coming back to Boston. Despite getting a larger offer from another team Napoli chose to come back to where he was comfortable on a 2 year $32 million dollar deal. The $16 million dollar AAV is a raise on the $13 million he made last […]

Finding a First Baseman for the Red Sox: Napoli, Hart, Trumbo?

Last year around this time, the Red Sox signed Mike Napoli to a 3-year, $39 million contract. After a physical, Napoli was found to have a degenerative hip condition called avascular necrosis. Napoli’s contract was subsequently reduced to a one-year, $5 million deal with $8 million in incentives. From there, Napoli had a solid season […]

Trio of Red Sox Decline Their Qualifying Offers; What Happens Now?

Monday night, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew all declined their qualifying offers from the Red Sox. In doing so, they forfeited a guaranteed 1-year $14.1 million deal to test the market. This does not mean these players will not be on the Opening Day roster next year, but it does somewhat clarify the Red […]