Red Sox Sunbathe and Hit Golf Balls at Fenway Before ALCS Opener
Apparently, it was a "sun's out, guns out" day for Mike Napoli and the Boston Red Sox.
Just four wins away from a return to the World Series and only a season removed from a last-place finish under Bobby Valentine, the Red Sox don't seem to be too stressed before Game 1 of the ALCS at Fenway Park on Saturday.
Larry Brown Sports' Steve DelVecchio happened across some tweets and images that should have Red Sox Nation fairly confident about the upcoming series against the Detroit Tigers.
If a relaxed team yields a successful one, this team is well on its way.
Here is how ESPN reporter Joe McDonald saw things at Fenway Park.
Mike Napoli relaxing shirtless on the mound at Fenway. pic.twitter.com/qbHDWK2i31— Joe McDonald (@ESPNJoeyMac) October 11, 2013
And David Ross doing jumping jacks pic.twitter.com/J0sHhnHY0C— Joe McDonald (@ESPNJoeyMac) October 11, 2013
The weather is cooling, the temperature dropping and soon the New England sun will be a rarity. So we applaud Napoli for taking advantage of the last vestiges of warm weather on the East Coast for quite some time.
However, even the Tigers were chilling.
Omar relaxing pic.twitter.com/VWUH0NYP6U— Joe McDonald (@ESPNJoeyMac) October 11, 2013
MLB reporter Jen Royle managed to catch the laziest photobomb of all-time from Napoli who is laying in the background while some of his teammates are interviewed.
The Red Sox deserve a brief respite in the sun after they were able to dispatch with a pesky Rays team in four games in the ALDS.
In the end, Boston was far too much for Tampa Bay. In four games, Shane Victorino and Jacoby Ellsbury combined for a .469 average, the bullpen gave up just seven hits and two earned runs and their starting pitching was able to match a solid Rays staff throughout the series.
As for Napoli, let's just say it's good he is recharging at the moment. The first baseman batted .154 in the ALDS, and drove in just one runner.
Then again, Napoli is batting .318 and has a home run against the Tigers this season. If he does go off in the series, we can credit this lazy Friday afternoon nap.
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