There are two things that stand out about Mike Napoli: he’s got a big beard and he’s ridiculously strong.
The beard is always on display, so he showed off some of that stunning strength in the Red Sox’s spring training game on Monday night against the Twins to remind us that he brings both style and substance.
Napoli hit a monster shot to left field in the fourth inning, which is impressive by itself, but what’s even more spectacular is how he managed to muscle the ball over the wall given what happened to his bat. Check out the video: when Napoli finishes his swing, all that’s left in his hand is the bat’s handle.
We’ve seen broken-bat homers before, though this one might have them all beat. The barrel of the bat broke clean off and ended up near third base and Napoli still powered the ball into the seats.
Boston’s hulking first baseman is just one of the players expected to provide power in a new-look Red Sox lineup that already featured David Ortiz and added Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez in the offseason. Something tells us we’re going to see a few more home runs from that crew this summer, but odds are none will be as physically remarkable as Napoli’s Grapefuit League bash.
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