// Mike Napoli

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 […]

Three Keys to the Red Sox Offseason: Ellsbury Decision, Catchers, Napoli

It’s been just over a week since the Red Sox were crowned World Champions and now everyone’s eyes are set towards 2014. There is no doubt that Ben Cherington did a masterful job this year, look at the end result. The question is whether he is capable of a repeat performance. Here are what I […]

Red Sox Extend Qualifying Offer to Ellsbury, Napoli, and Drew; Saltalamacchia Odd Man Out

All MLB squads had until 5 p.m. Monday to make qualifying offers to their respective free agents, and the Boston Red Sox gave qualifying  offers to Mike Napoli, Jacoby Ellsbury and , surprisingly enough, shortstop Stephen Drew. Jarrod Saltalamacchia will not receive a qualifying offer, according to WEEI.com. All these deals are for one year […]

Video: Rondo Honors Red Sox with Fake Beard for Celtics Home Opener

When the Boston Celtics opened the 2013-14 NBA season at home on Friday night, injured All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo honored his baseball counterparts, the 2013 World Series champion Red Sox, with a glorious fake beard hooked around his ears. Addressing the crowd before tipoff, Rondo stepped onto center court to say a few words […]

Mike Napoli Was Drunk, Shirtless in Boston on Saturday

To celebrate something, is it typical to get drunk and shirtless? If you’re a normal person, probably not. But, if you just won the World Series and are Mike Napoli, of course that’s what you do. Twitter users spotted Napoli all over Boston, including a shot of the first basemen taking a stroll down Boylston […]

Red Sox Defeat Cardinals 6-1, Earn Third World Series Crown in 10 Seasons

The Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 to claim the franchise’s eighth World Series crown. But out of all eight of those World Series titles, this one was different. This one stands out. As the Red Sox players hoisted the trophy at Fenway, they finished their ascent from the dregs of Major League […]

Connelly’s Top Ten: King of the Baseball World – Again!

1. Title Town - 8 championships in eleven years 2. Offense * Red Sox won the championship and hit .226 for the postseason * Red Sox struck out 165 times in 15 games or 11 times a game * Red Sox won last night with a four and five hitter (Napoli and Gomes) who hit a […]

Thoughts on Cardinals Walk-off Win Over Red Sox in World Series

The obstruction call was obviously (UNDERSTATEMENT ALERT) the big story from the Cardinals’ walk-off win in Game 3 of the World Series. (If you haven’t already seen it, or you’re into self-flagellation, you can check it out here. Just make sure you’re in a padded room or something. Seriously. That play singlehandedly cost me a […]