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Mike Napoli becomes first Red Sox player to homer, steal home in same game since Rico Petrocelli

Jun 22, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

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Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli had himself a day in Sunday’s series finale against the Athletics. In the top of the third inning, Napoli stole home to put the Red Sox up 4-1. In the fifth, Napoli hit a solo home run to right-center to make it 5-1.

According to Jon Shestakofsky, manager of media relations and baseball information for the Red Sox, Napoli is the first Red Sox player to homer and steal home in the same game since Rico Petrocelli on September 9, 1967.

Here’s video of Napoli swiping home:

  1. proudlycanadian - Jun 22, 2014 at 9:51 PM

    I didn’t realize that Napoli was such a speed demon. Napoli should try to steal bases a lot more often.

  2. snipedanglecelly13 - Jun 22, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Napoli should’ve been thrown out, bad throw from second

    • dan1111 - Jun 23, 2014 at 3:50 AM

      Of course, the whole point of this kind of play is that you catch the defense off guard. A panicked defender thinking “Oh crap!” is unlikely to make a perfect throw.

  3. esracerx46 - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:00 AM

    Poor play by the A’s. Good job being heads up by Napoli. Its funny, the ump called him safe before his hand touched home.

  4. drewzducks - Jun 23, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Gotta love whenever there’s a good reason for an Americo reference. The first AL SS to hit 40 HR’s in a season.

  5. mazblast - Jun 23, 2014 at 2:13 AM

    I’ve never seen a guy get picked off so badly that he wound up with his back to home plate like Herrera did there. And yet, for lack of execution of fundamentals by Oakland (surprising), the Red Sox wound up with a run.

    I can still hear my youth league coach from 1964 shouting, “If you see a runner between third and home, you run STRAIGHT AT HIM with the ball!”

  6. papajack1259 - Jun 23, 2014 at 6:50 AM

    There is something about a 220 lb guy stealing home…..albeit tainted by the throw???but after two extra inning losses the Sox will take all the positives they can get

  7. aceshigh11 - Jun 23, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Not bad for a guy with necrotic hips.

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