Apr 8, 2014|
Mike Napoli joins Mut and Merloni to discuss Obama mispronouncing his name, why he decided to stay in Boston, and protecting David Ortiz.
Transcript - will not be 100% accurate
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And the fallen. How is Mike Napoli added I mean that's all he did that defeat and Mike Napoli nice up to join us -- the Red Sox gets it take on the Rangers tonight. Is it weird when you meet the president -- missed an oxygen in front of like millions of people like. We. Followed you know two -- or low compared. Our noses. Those phonies are brought to the guys are Latin. You know whatever you guys a lot more the worry about them my allotment. But he synagogue. It's an appalling you say the guys were all laughing like comedy your family -- friends outside your team -- text you like all my -- the -- just screwed up your name. Yeah about my own. I'm thirty technical about it so. Yeah whether it is on. I see you guys us out of great series in Baltimore than attending dogs -- -- well against Milwaukee and I don't Ross talked about it David talked about the schedules a lot of things going on but. Just just up just a bad weekend or do you think just running around ring ceremony you name it day game night game maybe just a little bit too much. You have maybe I mean. Me personnel and aren't they use -- who played really good baseball problem. It's been it's been -- week. Under. A bit. It's early part of the year coming off the World Series saying not not tired how much of an emphasis Mike was in your clubhouse that in spring training cast try to move past. Winning the championship a year ago won't focus in the casket in -- 2014. Yeah I mean we talked about it long. Talk. But I should be here. On this year I think -- we've done a good job you know. We had open and he honorees in. Final stroke it. We're focused on the here and yeah. You last year you won here in Boston and go after the great start finish great this year early on looks like he kind of pretty comfortable the plate than. He hit a couple of balls to right field two strikes got to use an a hole feels or something that that you wanna come to work on here this year and a two strike approach. Yeah I mean abuse and try to put the ball place with two strikes -- and try to short vote short -- -- cute little bit. Just through charitable arm so. -- ominous start -- My whole career but you -- try to minimize the little bit. You know all you know aggressive swing I'll try to put the ball on -- -- Unit to -- bomb destroyed clears me pretty comfortable on the guy missing school right field and this guy. -- He's. Just it just happened you know try to be short so I'll -- to the ball long as possible and it is at this point so I do make contact the we -- our. Like take -- back to the off season you know you have the -- multi year deal turned into a one year deal and the reports were that you basically told your agent in get a deal -- what Austin I wanna be back -- did it. Did it go down that way and and why was it important what did you want to make sure you were back here if it did -- go down the way it was reported. I mean. About love of the city and the team is amazing all we need some special in the game. Try to right. Note the core group of guys here and people back. I want to be a part of the posting here so. Expected to happen -- -- do well my agent you know just of them don't Simon Paula Connelly and you know with an art work. Not deteriorate to kind of had that idea of seen that you just didn't want to leave Boston the off season you didn't want it to end. Kind of stuck around little bit enjoyed yourself. -- -- -- -- -- -- Yeah I'm. -- the city you had a great arm went out party with the people who live and was here my friend. It was a great arm. Elect to load up. When you see those pictures of you out about afterwards no shirt walking around the city is there any like man. I should've just thrown a shirt on when I went outsiders it's -- as is who I am in a -- out about Boston after winning a World Series out here one -- where. Yeah I mean I don't regret -- -- I had a good time doing that goes on a World Series. Look you'll understand. Love to be honest and that. No balls one strike away. Although he's not you know try to get -- up blue blue last game often -- a good compliment. If you hit an eight. Got to enjoy it you never know you never know listen I want to ask you too because I know that the bombing on Verlander with played at highlight and that that's just not many balls go there in Detroit in the ball you didn't Toronto. The ball you hit the other day at Fenway Park -- did senator amused -- 01 home run the kind of stands out as far as nick and I -- a pop but I got all that. I mean that the other night united. There really low for a are cold night you know windy here -- it up all there has. I've become a pretty good so does that -- in one of the better ball marker. I'll I'll like. Some -- I swinging at a ball that far is -- David Davis talk a little in the offseason about protection to go to him to sort of give in the business little bit and say. How's that for protection at the ball 480 feet. Not a message. I just got to do to shut out there and that also. I don't let him know that ball is that I have more power than. You've got about that. He little protection being you know. Just do my best to protect and and and -- so. Our talking to Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli one of the guys who late last year Mike impressed. A lot of Red Sox fans with his approach was hander Bogart is a kid. 21 years old takes that pitch from scherzer scherzer still talking about it spring training out of the kid. Lay off as a guy plays and every day saw in spring training. What are easier from Zander ball guards and it is he advanced in your mind for the way he looks on the field vs his actual age on his first of. I mean yeah it does mean there is on hurled. It's highly skilled in and show them on the field I mean. It's a bigger -- want want to learn. Who's -- rookie but he keeps quiet about business he's humble. What we really do so. We call veterinarian and he definitely. -- in. Adventure. Don't want him on her own the play in a world there should have contributed and and you know for an out and parliament. You don't want basketball -- and he caught -- -- and Anaheim and last year though soccer ball consistently want consistent wise -- From day one in the years bright most consistent beat you -- been -- the first Q is this the same guy you saw an Anaheim or is he actually better right now. I mean I think -- -- better I mean he's wiser pitcher. He knows it's the please in. Each of -- I mean. I got a judgement in Ireland you know he's he's really good but are they more or our. Accent. I'm really not -- it is now keep are. Lately he's been consistent. Are they -- it is a. But there is -- you miss about catching -- caught for a couple teams caught part time for the Rangers here you've been a first baseman in at. A good one act after a year is there any party that misses being behind the plate -- game. Not on this one this now. I think the game caller yeah you know work with pitchers and different personalities and people through. To remain at just the physical part of it shouldn't. I mean distinctive. Talks on a report about your own. You know trying to get it you know big physically in the game and just tired so. A look first base and argument has. We celebrated the actually a pole lap is now -- one thing we do know Brian Roberts will be at third base. Nicknamed cat man now maybe -- guys gone over some tattoos here -- -- got you by a couple dozen. Couple the people you know water well. He had not. -- difficulties or -- ago Bob. De de La. So some of the guys in the team decide the -- it's gonna go you were not one of those guys that have already seen your teammates. Tugging at that thing in net in the clubhouse so that that is gonna continue to -- is there any. Cite any ended -- lit it and the tunnel with shaven his beard Mike -- gonna let this thing go as long as humanly -- Vietnam and keep -- is an oil listing. I love this thanks I don't know I did the -- things and aren't out there on Woolsey good compliment comment -- a constant. You know the big thing is in the police having to play with a making -- Elvis Andrus. How old are that might be be worse -- ever seeing what is she trying to go with the right now canola. -- -- it doesn't have a much in the series suffers and so. It's terrible not talk about it. On the note could lose him do that. You guys in a couple times now last couple games. What do you think of a baseballs -- -- Trying to get instant replay trying to get things right deal likely seen so far this. A lot of base that we haven't had too many but I mean. You rather than get a right. So it doesn't bother bother me any. With a couple more minutes so we don't sit there to get Corey. -- who would. Yeah especially call you out the changes and now you're safe and you get in knockout that I. I I worry about the pitchers strike a lot of these ones to take it will be a time and a cigar in my last night. Some tells me it as a challenge -- to -- amount for two and a half three minutes he's not gonna feel too comfortable but that. Yeah I mean hopefully they can throw -- mean we'll -- product -- indefinite prior missed open guys who have not you know. Gone pretty well also on I don't know it's somewhere have to deal with and -- -- and out there and be ready for the arms. No one asked about Jackie Bellic is ago I saw last year he tore that thing up in spring training is a tough goal with so far the big league level with -- game it last night you know with Vick on the DL. You know it was nice to see a guy young kid maybe decoupling natural one game -- built some confidence -- was big lesson. Yeah I was a -- Tennessee things in Finland how -- plated. Luis even -- and it just you know a tough time bringing a period the big league level contrary that you are. There Hatteberg compartment -- in the we're gonna need them Olympics on the DL so pretty in the compartments in -- are prizes. Is confirms. We got two more days trying to convince Sanders to shave that thing -- the disaster I hope because events and he's the only bear to himself like he's a Barrett is embarrassing. You as the leader of the -- community you know that. I know it sort of told associated starter over. -- -- -- Ice Mike Napoli Red Sox first baseman Mike appreciate the time best luck tonight will collected on the road what Mike Napoli joining us here on the he -- the hotline. And my good. -- -- Static I'd expect him juror gravity thing but. I love the fact is like -- blossoms the I'm gonna be shortlist are going to be letting Clark Henderson and women or. The bottle fireball with. Capped off right into my mouth -- -- -- shot fireball and a walk around in jeans and a cigarette. Phenomenally joyous. And at and I give them credit for that in this day and age of of athletes who. Sometimes wanna be more corporate and do things behind the scenes like screw it won a World Series. 6 o'clock at night after the parade keep getting after not -- and in laws -- -- I don't know the -- he -- a -- let off some -- that knots of steam. Mike Napoli can let -- have -- nice. Enjoys himself but for him because upping its job -- field.
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