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Bounced from the Angels to the Blue Jays before ending up in Texas, Napoli put together an October to remember. The catcher hit a pair of homers and drove in 10 runs while making several key defensive plays that took the Rangers to the brink of a fairy-tale finish.
It simply wasn’t meant to be.
Napoli did just about everything he could.
The slugging catcher had the tiebreaking two-run double that gave Texas a 4-2 victory in Game 5 on Monday night, and had an RBI single and three walks in Game 6.
Napoli added one more hit for posterity in Game 7.
“You study all year long, get straight A’s and then you have to pass the one test to pass the course. We didn’t pass each time,” Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis said long after it was over. “It doesn’t show how good this team really is.”
The only other player to have four multi-RBI games in a World Series is Hall of Famer Mickey Mantle, who accomplished the feat in 1960. Mantle (12) and fellow Yankees great Bobby Richardson (11) _ the MVP of the ‘60 Fall Classic _ are the only players with more RBIs in a single World Series.
Napoli’s charmed postseason run was an extension of a magical second half.
Given regular playing time after the All-Star break following a hamstring injury to Adrian Beltre, Napoli hit .355 with 15 homers and 36 RBIs in August and September.
The fact that Napoli made history for AL West rival Texas certainly won’t sit well with the Los Angeles Angels, where he spent his first five big league seasons.
The Angels traded Napoli with outfielder Juan Rivera to Toronto for outfielder Vernon Wells last winter. The Blue Jays promptly flipped Napoli to Texas for reliever Frank Francisco, a move that made Rangers general manager Jon Daniels look more like a genius with each passing day.
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