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#GoingToBat: Mike Napoli

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Rangers slugger Mike Napoli is on his third tour of duty with Texas, and the 35-year-old currently sits second on the team with 22 home runs. He spent last season with the American League Champion Cleveland Indians, and crushed 34 long balls and drove in 101 runs, both team highs.

A member of the 2013 World Series champion Boston Red Sox, Napoli broke into the majors as a catcher with the Los Angeles Angels, in 2006, and over the years he has developed a solid reputation as a winner and a clubhouse leader.

Napoli took on the role of fun-loving teammate for Cleveland during it’s drive to the World Series, with his teammates and the city embracing the slogan, “Party at Napoli’s.”

His now former teammate Lonnie Chisenhall of the Indians alluded to what the ‘party’ might be, saying it was how Napoli’s veteran presence led to a tight-knit locker room. The phrase was originally made famous after Napoli won the 2013 World Series, as he was seen parading around the streets of Boston shirtless following the team’s third title in 10 years.

But after an Indians fans showed up to a game last season with a sign that bared the phrase, Napoli decided to take the saying to a whole new level.  In collaboration with MLBPA licensee, 108 Stitches, Napoli slapped the phrase on a t-shirt and began a campaign to help raise funds for Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital.

At the end of last season, over 9,000 t-shirts had been sold, and Napoli and 108 stitches presented the clinic with a check for $121,000.

“It’s definitely way more than I envisioned,” Napoli said at the time. “I have to give a lot of thanks to the fans, 108 Stitches and the Cleveland Indians. It’s just something really cool that I’m fortunate to be able to be in the position to give something back to the children.”

In 2017, the party has moved back to Texas, where Napoli has continued his efforts to give back to the community. With the move to a new (old) city, Napoli released a new t-shirt in May.

 

Now we go!!!! 🎉🎊⚾️

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A portion of the proceeds this time around will go toward the new Texas Rangers MLB Youth Academy.

You can purchase a “Party at Napoli’s shirt, here.

You can join the party on Twitter and Instagram, too.

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