Yesterday, Mike Napoli did something that no Red Sox player has done since the great Rico Petrocelli in September, 1967.....he stole home base and hit a home run in the same game. I think this is pretty exciting for the team and for Naps himself.
I also think it's pretty fitting. There are a lot of similarities in work ethic and personality between these two guys. Both work hard and put the team first....above all else. Both love the game and make no secret of how blessed and lucky they are.
Petrocelli was my first great baseball love. I remember listening to games with my long gone Italian grandfather..and it is because of him that I became a fan of Petrocelli and the Red Sox. You see..they had something rather unique in common..something my grandfather never failed to point out to me..and anyone else who would listen for that matter.
I was not even a twinkle in someone's eye when Petrocelli accomplished this feat...so I am glad I got to see Naps pull it off.
Anyhow..in a season of ups and downs for the Red Sox..it is moments like yesterday that remind me why I love the Sox and baseball so much and why I stick with this team through thick and thin.
"It is not down in any map...trueplaces never are...." ( Melville)