Mike Napoli hit two monster home runs that totaled 939 feet (Video)

Mike-Napoli-home-runOne of the main reasons the Boston Red Sox signed Mike Napoli was his ability to hit at Fenway Park and use the Green Monster to his advantage. With the way the first baseman is hitting right now, he doesn’t need a thirty-seven foot wall to help him succeed.

After his two-home run performance on Wednesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays, Napoli is leading the majors in RBI and extra-base hits. And those two homers were a sight to behold. They were estimated at 472 and 467 feet, but they had to have gone farther than that.

To give you some perspective, this monster home run that Giancarlo Stanton cleared the scoreboard with earlier this week traveled an estimated 440 feet. The fact that Blue Jays reliever Esmil Rogers threw Napoli that much of a meatball on a 3-0 count for his second home run with the Red Sox leading by five amazed me. Did something make him think the green light would not apply?

A.J. Pierzynski angry about All-Star team snub, takes swipe at Mike Napoli

Every single year there is one player that everyone agrees was overlooked for the All-Star Game. This year, that player is A.J. Pierzynski. At age 35, the White Sox catcher is having by far the best first half of his 14-year career. Pierzynski is hitting .291 with 15 home runs and 48 RBIs. His career highs for an entire season are 18 homers and 70 RBIs, so he’s on pace to shatter both marks. Despite his tremendous success at the plate, three other AL catchers were selected to the All-Star team.

The fans voted Mike Napoli in as the AL starter. He is hitting a lowly .235 with 12 homers and 30 RBIs. Baltimore’s Matt Wieters and his .247 average, 11 homers and 40 RBIs were selected by the players as a back-up. And with his choice, AL manager Ron Washington selected Joe Mauer, who is hitting .332 with five homers and 38 RBI. Washington said he felt bad for Pierzynski, but A.J. isn’t buying it.

“If he felt that bad, he would have put me on the team,” Pierzynski told Chicago reporters according to the Dallas Morning News. “He had an opportunity to do it and he didn’t do it. He can feel as bad as he wants, but he obviously didn’t feel that bad.”

When a media member reminded Pierzynski that Napoli is a good hitter, he gave the following response: “Yeah, if you consider .230 good.” On Tuesday night during Chicago’s 19-2 throttling over the Rangers, Pierzynski hit a three-run homer in the fifth and glared toward the Texas dugout.

Based on the numbers, Pierzynski certainly deserves a spot. However, Washington is not the one A.J. should be upset with. In choosing between Mauer and Pierzynski, Washington had the most difficult job. Both deserve to be on the roster over Napoli and Wieters. We see this type of thing every season. Pierzynski just needs to accept that he is this year’s notorious snub and move along.

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Mike Napoli wins $100 from Dirk Nowitzki for Italy’s Euro 2012 win over Germany

If Twitter were never invented, Mike Napoli may be out of $100 today. Fortunately it was, which means rivalries and trash talking across professional sports can exist and we have yet another medium by which to gamble. What started out as friendly smack talk on Twitter earlier this week between Napoli and Dirk Nowitzki turned into Dirk owing Napoli $100 after Italy beat Germany in the semifinals of Euro 2012 on Thursday afternoon.

Before the match, Napoli tweeted at Dirk that the Italians were “taking your Germans down today.” Italy went up 2-0 early in the match, and here are some of the tweets that followed between the two — a few of which include a sports psychology consultant (@think2win). Thanks to the Dallas Morning News for pointing out the exchange.

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Mike Napoli is very unhappy over C.J Wilson tweeting his phone number

Over the weekend, C.J. Wilson decided it was a good idea to play a prank on former teammate Mike Napoli. The prank was a cruel one. Wilson took to his Twitter account and pretended he was tweeting out his phone number and asking people to give him a call, but the number was really Napoli’s. As expected, Napoli’s phone was flooded with calls and voice mails, and was likely forced to change his number.

Since the two are former battery mates, most of us assumed Napoli would laugh it off and vow to get Wilson back. That does not seem to be the case, as Napoli sounds pretty furious about the whole thing.

“I don’t even know why he did it,” Napoli said according to the Star Telegram. “You don’t do that. I am not taking it as a prank. You know, I haven’t even talked to him since the end of last season. We don’t have that type of relationship.”

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C.J. Wilson pranks Mike Napoli by tweeting his cell phone number

C.J. Wilson must have been feeling pretty saucy on Saturday, because he decided to prank his former catcher Mike Napoli. Wilson sent a tweet with his supposed new phone number, telling Napoli to call him.

Wilson knew most people would figure the phone number was sent by accident — a message intended to be private — and that they would probably call thinking it was Wilson’s number. That’s the best part about the prank — the number was Mike Napoli’s, and the 714 area code was from Mike’s Anaheim day’s. Calling the number took you straight to voicemail where Napoli’s voice was on the answering message and you were told his mailbox was full. The prank clearly worked.

Wilson later deleted the tweet and sort of apologized, saying “Okay I think we’ve all had a good time, I’m even with mike for saying he can’t wait to hit homers off me.”

Hey, no biggie, Napoli can always change his number. That’s probably what Mike Trout had to do last spring.

UPDATE: Napoli is pissed at Wilson over the prank.

Mike Napoli Wore a NSFW Christmas Shirt of Two Topless Girls Kissing While Baking Cookies (Picture)

Last week Rangers catcher/DH Mike Napoli was judging a Hooters bikini contest. This week? He’s baking cookies with his family while wearing a Christmas shirt of two topless girls making out. I really think the Gronkowskis need to adopt him as an honorary brother.

Below is a full look (NSFW) at the shirt, without the distorted part:

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Oh Nothing, Just Mike Napoli Judging a Hooters Bikini Contest (Picture)

These are things that only guys who hit .328 with 3 home runs and 15 RBIs in the playoffs get to do. Judge Hooters bikini contests. This is Mike Napoli’s life. My money says he went home with all three. One thing I know is that I could think of a lot worse ways to spend my time than passing judgment on girls that look like this:

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