Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Napolizing His Opportunities

Since the post-season started 25 days ago, Rangers catcher Mike Napoli has been doing everything but napping! His latest contribution to Texas’ playoff success which has seen the Rangers dispose of both Tampa Bay and Detroit, another clutch 8th inning one out hit to score the go-ahead runs in the Rangers crazy 4-2 win in game five of the World Series against the Cardinals. Texas is now just a win away from the franchise’s first ever title in the Lone Star State, with a chance to pop the bubbly on Wednesday Night in game six. You know Napoli will be ready for the biggest game in his life because he’s played big since being traded to the Rangers.

This is a guy who both the Angels and Blue Jays handed over in the off-season and now he’s on the verge of becoming the World Series MVP. While the Texas crowd chants Na-Po-Li, all he’s done has hit two homers and driven in nine runs. His teammates have only managed four homers and ten runs batted in combined in the Fall Classic. Behind the plate he threw out Allen Craig in both the 7th and 9th innings. His game has been all-around solid and that’s why the Rangers need to win just one more game to enjoy their summer this time. Napoli goes by the nickname of “dirt bag” affectionately given to him by manager Ron Washington because of his grit, guts and emotion. That emotion has followed up an amazing overall post-season with three homers, 16 hits and 14 RBI. His batting average is .314, down just six points from the regular season. With spotlight directly on him, he has risen to the challenge and now his team riding his back to maybe history on Wednesday Night.

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