Red Sox's Napoli after taking Yankees' Tanaka deep in 9th: 'What an idiot!' (VIDEO)

by Jun 29, 1:12 AM
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New York Yankees ace Masahiro Tanaka made one mistake Saturday night: he threw Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli a fastball in the ninth inning, the game tied 1-1. Not a splitter, or a slider. A fastball. 

Napoli couldn't believe it. He took the ball the other way, and it cleared the fence, albeit barely, for a Yankee Stadium special: 

It was the winning run, the Red Sox taking the game 2-1. And here was Napoli's reaction upon returning to Boston's dugout: 

Napoli said after the game that his comments weren't directed at Tanaka, who shook off his catcher Brian McCann's calls for a splitter, and a slider, instead opting for a heater. 

Tanaka said via his interpreter: "The sign was for a breaking ball. I actually wanted to go hard outside there with my fastball. That's why I shook him off. The fact is I missed my spot."

Napoli said: 

We suppose Napoli was calling the other Tanaka who threw the pitch an idiot. 

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