While Mike Napoli didn’t exactly hit for a high average this season, he still put up solid numbers, clubbing 23 home runs while driving in 92 runners – a career high. It was good timing for Napoli, who will be a free agent at season end.
“I’m not worried about that right now, and I don’t think (the Red Sox) are right now,” Napoli said before going 3-for-4 with a home run last night in the Sox’ 4-3 win in Game 5 of the AL Championship Series. “We’re trying to win a championship. I want to be here. I love it here. It’s a great situation, great city, the fans are awesome. It’s been awesome. I mean, I want to be here, but we’ll worry about that later.”
Somewhat of a career journeyman, Napoli is now receiving solid playing time on a team who routinely finds themselves playing deep into October, so there’s not much to dislike for the Florida native.