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Mike Napoli on C.J. Wilson tweeting his phone number: “I am not taking it as a prank”

Mar 19, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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Over the weekend when C.J. Wilson posted Mike Napoli‘s phone number to his 100,000-plus Twitter followers I just assumed it was a prank–albeit a pretty extreme one–but today Napoli made it very clear that he didn’t think it was funny. At all:

I don’t even know why he did it. You don’t do that. I am not taking it as a prank. You know, I haven’t even talked to him since the end of last season. We don’t have that type of relationship.

They’re former teammates and batterymates, but if Napoli and Wilson aren’t even friends and haven’t spoken in five months it’s awfully hard to see what Wilson did as anything but mean-spirited at best.

It all started when Napoli said he looked forward to hitting homers off Wilson, but those are not exactly fighting words. Wilson eventually deleted the tweet, but obviously the damage was done by then and calling it a “prank” after the fact seems like a stretch.

Or as Napoli put it: “I just think it was uncalled for.”

  1. damnws6 - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Crappy move on Wilson’s part.

    MAYBE he meant it as a joke, but people that aren’t funny shouldn’t even bother to try to be.

    • wendell7 - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:27 PM

      This vitually guarantees that Napoli will homer off Wilson this season. Multiple times

  2. manute - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Scioscia put him up to it. He hates Napoli with a passion.

    He also made CJ sext Jeff Mathis.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:28 PM

      Doesn’t matter, had sext!

    • cur68 - Mar 19, 2012 at 9:03 PM

      I too, blame Scioscia. This has his oily fingerprints all over it. CJ Wilson just made a bad enemy. As most of the AL learned last season, you do not want to be on the wrong side of Mike Napoli on a crusade with the lumber.

  3. Jonny 5 - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:22 PM

    Definite Douchenozzle move. This looks like a job for El Bravo!!!

    • El Bravo - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      1. Randy Miller – South Jersey Courier-Post (abuses BBWAA privileges, HOF vote by submitting blank ballots; also invented superhero Saberboy, which is cool)

      2. Luke Scott – perennial all-star douchenozzle. Luke says, “you don’t have to worry about me unless you’re a criminal or communist.”

      3. Ryan Braun – for cheating and also for not cheating, either way we will likely never know the truth, and that is annoying.

      4. Jon Heyman – CBS (for having a documented history of talking up and selling Scott Boras clients to ball clubs)

      5. Nick Swisher – seriously, do I need a reason?

      6. C.J. Wilson – Tweeted Napoli’s cell number as “prank” b/c Napoli said he was looking forward to hitting HRs off of him this season.

      • jimbo1949 - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:26 PM

        5. Cause you’re from Chicago and he didn’t get along well with Ozzie? That would make your list the size of a phone book.

      • lostsok - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:28 PM

        Swisher is a prankster, but not as much of a d-bag. What about Milton Bradley?

      • groundruledoublebourbon - Mar 20, 2012 at 1:04 AM

        Wait – there is a douchenozzle list… aaaand AJ Pierzynski is not on it?!

        Motion to file an amendment…

      • El Bravo - Mar 21, 2012 at 9:28 AM

        Jimbo, I dislike Nick Swisher b/c he’s the douchiest chadwich in the game. I can’t believe more folks have given me flack about that nozzle than Braun’s addition. Swisher lovers need to move out the way, b/c the Swisher haters are seriuos in size, numbers and pure fervor.

        lostsok, Milton Bradley is a good point, but did he do DN thing this year? I can’t honestly remember if he made the news in 2012 yet…

        Same for AJ, there must be a 2012 incident to be a 2012 douchenozzle. Dems the rulz

  4. mrbiz8505 - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Napoli should just tweet out CJs #…and maybe his home address..

  5. password1 - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    waaaah! just change your number. you made an unnecessary dig at him as a pitcher so he went a lil overboard, but don’t cry about it publicly, just hit Homers off him. but I’m sure you won’t…..

    <3 CJ

    • danrizzle - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:20 PM

      Sometimes a “thumbs down” just isn’t enough.

      • bigharold - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:33 PM

        Nonsense.

        I agree Wilson’s move is bit low budget and petty but this isn’t a really big deal. Change your number, .. problem solved. If Napoli really wants to get even all he has to do is take him deep first time he faces him.

    • phukyouk - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:29 PM

      C.J.! That you?

    • nightman13 - Mar 19, 2012 at 6:25 PM

      OK, post your phone number then.

  6. crisisofinfinitephils - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Seriously who does this? If that’s how you react to something so innocuous how do you expect to live up to that contract? C. J.? More like A.J. Amirite?

  7. larryboodry - Mar 19, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    Low-class move by Wilson, calling it a prank doesn’t make you any less of an idiot…I hope Napoli does hit a few homers off him this year.

  8. rcali - Mar 19, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    My 13 year old daughter likes tweeting.

  9. hcf95688 - Mar 19, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Big deal. Who the hell would ant to call him?

  10. hcf95688 - Mar 19, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Big deal. Who the hell would want to call him?

  11. holleywood9 - Mar 19, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Funny move. Hope he learned a lesson. Don’t talk shit to someone who can one up you

  12. marcinhouston - Mar 19, 2012 at 9:16 PM

    Wilson should receive a 5-10 day suspension from the league and a fine of $10,000+. Improperly distributing a former coworkers personal information is a betrayal of the trust needed for the game to be played and absolutely unacceptable. In most lines of work it would get you fired or at least set your career, promotions, and eligability for future raises back with a black mark in your file. Polamalu got fined just for calling his wife from the sidelines, so obviously inviting the world to call an opponent is much much worse. The fact is that by posting Napoli’s number Wilson is forcing Napoli to suddenly change his number and likely giving him more calls than he could screen after it was first posted. Napoli may miss out on urgent calls from family members in emergencies due to this, and will certainly have himself and all his friends and family be inconvenienced by it and take away time from his preparation for games as he has to update his number with various friends and accounts. Also, if Wilson and Napoli used the same carrier, such as AT&T or Verizon, that carrier should view Wilson’s unwantedly publicly dislosing a fellow customers phone number as a violation of his terms of service and immediately cancel Wilson’s own number.

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