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Mike Napoli drunk, shirtless on the streets of Boston

Nov 3, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

Red Sox slugger Mike Napoli took to the streets of Boston after Saturday’s 2013 World Series championship parade and made a few new friends along the way. Twitter is a beautiful, beautiful thing …

Cheers to Napoli. I know that I’d be doing the same exact thing. Tony Lee sums this up nicely:

“I want to be here. I love this place,” Napoli told Rob Bradford of shortly after the final out of the World Series. “They’ve treated me so good here. The way they’ve taken care of me, its’ unbelievable. When the time comes I’m pretty sure we’re going to have some conversations. I hope to be back here next year.”

  1. ptownbearsfan420 - Nov 3, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Not even a baseball fan or a drinker but this is awesome.. Lol cheers mike!

    • donniev77 - Nov 3, 2013 at 8:27 PM

      Why would you be reading Hardball Talk if you’re not a baseball fan?

    • jhorton83 - Nov 4, 2013 at 2:35 AM

      Why would you be reading Hardball Talk if you’re not drunk?

  2. jimeejohnson - Nov 3, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    As a baseball fan and a drinker, I say this is awesome, too.

    • bigharold - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      As a baseball fan, drinker and Yankee fan I think it’s pretty cool too!!

  3. dondada10 - Nov 3, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    As somebody who currently feels like a truck hit them in the head, party on, Mike. Anybody else notice he’s smoking a cigarette on his jog?

    • apkyletexas - Nov 3, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Babe Ruth would be proud. Fat, drunk slobs can still be October heroes in this game.

      If you ever want to know why MLB has lost the nation’s interest, look no further than this drunken bum being celebrated as one of the games “premier athletes”. Every other major sport requires true, 365 day discipline in the gym, at the buffet table, and at the bar.

      • stex52 - Nov 3, 2013 at 3:56 PM

        Tell us more about how the MLB has “lost the nation’s interest.” I’m intrigued. I’ll bet all those owners who make billions off of the American public every year would be interested, too.

      • pipkin42 - Nov 3, 2013 at 4:13 PM

        Ah yes, a humorless football fan. So nice of you to join us.

      • theskinsman - Nov 3, 2013 at 5:03 PM

        Posts the sad little troll who most likely didn’t make his little league team. Because no pro athlete from the NHL,NBA, and NFL ever gets into trouble for celebrating. Maybe if you crawled out from under whatever rock in loserville you live, you’d know NO ONE trains 365. Every athlete at every level trains and has days off. What a pathetic post from a simpleton. Carry on,fool.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Nov 3, 2013 at 10:47 PM

        Andre Smith – Bengals: DEDICATED

        Glen Davis – Magic: DEDICATED

        Alex Ovechkin – Capitals: DEDICATED

      • sportsdrenched - Nov 4, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        Apperantly you’re new to the internet. Ever heard of that guy Rob Gronkowski? I’m actually kind of shocked he’s not in any of these pictures.

    • 1historian - Nov 4, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      anybody care?

  4. cocheese000 - Nov 3, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Do all of the hardballtalk writers just go in deadspin and use them for all of their articles?

    • alexo0 - Nov 3, 2013 at 11:37 AM

      Deadspin and MLBtraderumors.

      • Drew Silva - Nov 3, 2013 at 11:54 AM

        I don’t think you fellas understand how the internet works.

        Deadspin and MLBTR are aggregators (for the most part) just like HBT. Deadspin didn’t “break” the story of Napoli walking shirtless through the streets of Boston. It was “broken” on Twitter. MLBTR collects stories from beat writers and reporters, just like we do.

        Deadspin’s story went up exactly one minute before ours.

      • cocheese000 - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:48 PM

        Ok thanks drew for the info.

      • AMR - Nov 3, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        Better than following those sites.

      • deadeyedesign23 - Nov 4, 2013 at 12:04 AM

        Maybe not this one, but for whatever it;s worth Deadspin has actually broken some pretty huge stories.

    • genericcommenter - Nov 4, 2013 at 12:19 PM

      Re: Deadspin breaking huge stories comment

      If you are talking about Brett Favre’s wang story, I wouldn’t exactly call that a huge one.

  5. mybrunoblog - Nov 3, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Well, to the victors go the spoils. Enjoy it Boston!

  6. alexo0 - Nov 3, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Looking forward to outraged St. Louis newspaper columns tomorrow.

    • 1historian - Nov 4, 2013 at 7:57 AM

      I’m not

    • hustleandflomax - Nov 4, 2013 at 2:41 PM

      If you’ve ever been to St. Louis, you would know that Mike Napoli drunk and shirtless would fit right in here. I was just saying that I am now an even bigger fan of him.

  7. cur68 - Nov 3, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    drunkmikenapoli says “Dear Jim Leyland: even with the bases loaded, you should probably just walk Ortiz…”

  8. aceshigh11 - Nov 3, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    I’d normally frown on such overgrown frat boy antics, but…hell, I’m a Red Sox fan and it’s his day.

    Looks like everyone was having a good time.

    Damn surprised to see him smoking though. I’m guessing that’s not an everyday thing for him.

  9. maximusprime107 - Nov 3, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    He looks like Opie from Sons of Anarchy with that beanie on

  10. calicokiller49 - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    He is setting an amazing example…..

  11. cur68 - Nov 3, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    drunkmikenapoli says : “SUCK IT, Scioscia!”

  12. coloradostupid - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    If this is the biggest player controversy the Red Sox have had in 2013 I would say they did extremely well on that front too. Carry on.

  13. louhudson23 - Nov 3, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Walking isn’t driving and tending bar isn’t fighting….and the city has his back…..he’s cool….

    • framingham123 - Nov 4, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      No kidding. Considering all the violence, abuse and killing stories and headlines of recent years from all the sports, this is really mild and well-deserved. (just hope it doesn’t get out of control) This has been a purely lovable bunch this year with no trace of maliciousness. Thank you Red Sox for the team/organization’s recovery and what you’ve done for Boston this year! Very heart-warming.

  14. thepoolshark - Nov 3, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    Nice to see players let their hair…or beard in this case…down. Most speak guardedly with media especially and Nap is as down to earth as anyone. There will be half a million Bostonians claiming they bought him a shot tonight

  15. favrewillplay4ever - Nov 3, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    (diehard lifelong Yanks fan) but even I appreciate this. I like when a player puts themselves on the same level with the fans. Its their career and a game but getting excited for winning the World Series should be more of a regular thing. Id feel safe wagering that 1/2 of Boston was in the same boat as him in celebrating. Only thing that could have made this more sweet would have been if he’d been a member of the disaster of a team in Bean Town last year.

  16. APBA Guy - Nov 3, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Yeah, my only feeling about this is envy. It’s great seeing the beloved A’s make the playoffs two years in a row, but man, what I would give to see a couple of A’s players drunk and shirtless wandering the streets of…maybe not Oakland, maybe Walnut Creek or Danville.

    But I like the sentiment above “Suck it, Scoscia!” The Rangers probably wish they’d thought a little harder about the Napoli v. Moreland decision they made.

  17. titansbro - Nov 3, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Love this guy.

  18. eagles512 - Nov 3, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Pretty cool except for the shirt off thing-little, well, not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  19. richwizl - Nov 3, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    The title of the article sounds like it was written by a Prohibitionist. The young man has good buzz going but is not disorderly in any way. Also, shirts are not required outdoors in Boston by law and it’s up to the ownership in business establishments. Lastly, he just won his first World Series Championship in a city that is baseball crazy, so the people are happy to party with the guy who was a big part of winning it for the area. No problema.

  20. barrywhererufrom - Nov 3, 2013 at 8:02 PM


  21. j0esixpack - Nov 3, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    He worked hard now he’s playing hard. Looks like the town is loving it. I hope he doesn’t catch too much heat for this.

    Heck – he can even have fried chicken to go with the beer. All the Sox can. They earned it.


  22. jrbdmb - Nov 4, 2013 at 5:39 AM

    Where’s the chicken? :)

  23. matt14gg - Nov 4, 2013 at 6:17 AM

    Mike Napoli won the Red Sox World Series Parade.

  24. numbskull111 - Nov 4, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Rumor is he tried to get into another bar to guest bartend, but Brian McCann was blocking the doorway and wouldn’t let him enter because he was celebrating too much.

  25. jbuck63 - Nov 4, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    I heard his father was escorting him around to allow him to celebrate, but not get hurt. So too all you Dudley Doorights, he has a designated driver.

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