It has been an eventful evening for Mike Napoli. Napoli hit a 2 run home run in the bottom of the first to help give the Boston Red Sox a 3-1 lead over the New York Yankees on Sunday night. The Red Sox would go on to take a 7-1 lead by the time Napoli came up in the bottom of the 6th inning. Despite the lead, Napoli was not feeling the love.
Following his inning ending strikeout, Napoli began to argue balls and strikes with home plate umpire Ron Kulpa. Apparently Napoli said the magic word and was subsequently tossed from the game.
Napoli was replaced at first base by Brandon Snyder. It is probably too late in the game for this decision by Napoli to really come back and haunt the Red Sox but I have heard of stranger things happening. If Napoli was behind the plate it might have been more detrimental to the team.
Boston will miss his bat in the lineup as he has been a Yankee killer this season. He has 7 homeruns this season already against the Yankees, 2nd most all-time against New York in a season.
This probably isn’t the way that the Yankees envisioned Mariano Rivera night going at Fenway, but I am sure that the Sox fans are loving it.