After HR, Napoli on getting 2-strike fastball from Tanaka: 'What a idiot'
Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli didn't seem to think much of Masahiro Tanaka's pitch selection during a critical AB on Saturday night.
On Saturday night, the Red Sox nipped the Yankees by a score of 2-1. The critical blow was a two-out, ninth-inning home run by Boston first baseman Mike Napoli off Yanks starter Masahiro Tanaka. Here's a look:
Obviously, that's a not a great spot to throw a 1-2 fastball to a hitter like Napoli. The puzzling nature of of Tanaka's pitch selection certainly wasn't lost on Napoli himself (listen closely) ...
Napoli, as he returns to the visitor's dugout in conquering-hero mode, appears to say "What a [sic] idiot!" Indeed, Napoli himself seemed to confirm those words after the game:
Napoli in Sox clubhouse on saying "What an idiot'' after his HR: "Nothing towards him. I thought he would throw me a splitter in the dirt.''— John Harper (@NYDNHarper) June 29, 2014
This shouldn't be any big deal, since all manner of unkind words are no doubt privately directed at the opposition during a game, especially a close one between rivals. This one just happened to be picked up by the mic. But since it was picked up by the mic, the Yankees are no doubt aware of it.