Yankees OK with Mike Napoli’s “idiot” comment

When Mike Napoli rushed to the visiting dugout on Saturday, celebrating his ninth-inning homer off Masahiro Tanaka, he was unaware that his voice could be heard by the FOX microphones perched near the playing field.

The telecast picked up Napoli shouting, “What an idiot!”, shocked and elated that Tanaka threw him a 96 mph fastball after the Boston slugger had so much trouble connecting with the hurler’s breaking pitches.

At a more heated time in the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry, Napoli’s comment might have sparked a war of words or more, but that does not appear to be the case now. Multiple Yankees said on Sunday that they did not have an issue with Napoli because the comment was intended to be shared privately with teammates.

“That wasn’t a big deal,” Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said. “I have no problem with it at all. If everything that was said inside a dugout or clubhouse was public knowledge, no one would ever talk about the game.”

Yoshiki Sato, Tanaka’s public relations representative, said that the pitcher was made aware of the comment late on Saturday evening but that he was not upset by it. Yankees manager Joe Girardi also said that he did not have an issue with Napoli’s words.

“I don’t make much of it,” Girardi said. “It’s yesterday, the heat of the moment, and doesn’t really change the complexion of the game. It doesn’t really change today’s game.”

Girardi added that Napoli’s reputation does not lead him to believe that there were ill intentions with the comment.

“I haven’t seen anything in Mike Napoli where he’s a guy that shows people up, or he’s a guy that degrades people,” Girardi said. “Unfortunately, everything is seen now in the world we live in, but I’ve never had the sense that he’s a bad guy. He’s a guy that plays hard and loves to play the game.”

Red Sox manager John Farrell said that he and his team both have “the utmost respect for Tanaka,” while adding that “the one thing we don’t ever want our players to be is non-emotional.”

Teixeira said that there should never be a reason for players to censor their in-game commentary in or around the dugout area.

“I don’t think it gets over the line, but if it ever does go over the line where too much is shown, then we’ll just have (the microphones) taken out. It’s as simple as that,” Teixeira said.

18 Comments

Hopefully the Yanks can beat the Devil Rays tonight

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Headley, Aramis whoever this team needs 3B help. And Lee for the rotation should please Muffhew Meister and his 2 aliases on this post.

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While I might agree that it was the wrong pitch to throw there, and Tanaka shook off McCann several times, it is Napoli who is the idiot end of story.

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Yankeecanada, I couldn’t agree with more but this is the state of the Yankees NO FIGHT!! What’s worse is JG talking about what a nice guy Napolina is and Tex saying no big deal. What a bunch of pussies. I don’t know who this team is but it’s not the Yankees I grew up loving.

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Whitley was bad enough but Kelley and Huff are absolute garbage on the mound. The Yankees dumped Huff last year, did they really expect something different? Or didn’t the Javier Vasquez experience teach this GM anything? This team is NOT built to make the playoffs. If there aren’t any major league ready players in their minor league system then heads ought to roll. Of course I’ve been saying that on this blog for years and it’s still the same, year after year.

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Whitley will most likely be one the odd men out of the rotation when the get CC back and trade for another pitcher or two. This team aren’t relying on Pineda coming back this season, I had a feeling he wouldn’t make through the entire season.

Betances has excelled well beyond anyone’s expectations, he’s been their best reliever out of the pen all year, one of the most dominant relievers in the game today. Good news is that there is no chance he goes anywhere.

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It’s been obvious from the start there just haven’t been any options the Yanks can go to offensively, especially at 3B. It doesn’t look like they will get Headley, not that they showed much interest in him to begin with. He just plain SuCKS!!!!! Toronto can have him.

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can’t win a series in your own ball park against a team that is really struggling this year? Embarrassing. Just a foretaste of things to come I’d say. this Yankee team is really enemic after all the pay roll doled out. What a friggin waste of money and Cashman should take the responsibility for putting this group together. He should have known what he was getting, a bunch of broken down, has beens. There is nothing exciting about this team and there is not much energy. Boring to watch. And this team is not built for the future. It’s a rental team for a year or two.

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Dude relax it’s a June series and we’re close enough to top of division, this is obviously not gonna be our rotation through final stretch of season and the guys struggling offensively will most likely bounce back they can’t get worse. There is no need to worry

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Unfortunately, there is no indication that this team has enough offense to bounce back. It’s old, injury prone, and just about every player is past his prime, the lineup lacks dominant playmakers on offense, as well as power hitters. With an incompetent like Crashman as GM I have no confidence he will be able to get a decent pitcher. Nothing but temporary band aids throughout the roster.

Until this offense can show it can out better numbers than it has, there is every reason to worry about this team. It’s a mess.

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Ummm, we did beat Toronto, hate to keep bringing your guys up like that. LOL!!!!

What this needs is a Beane-like GM who knows how to put a good team together with less and knows how to make trades and isn’t afraid to make the riskier trades. Someone who doesn’t just rely on the big name deals.

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friggin Whitley in trouble every inning so far. No match for a John Lackey.

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With any luck they will demote Whitley back to the minors to get some more experience as a starter, he just can’t go deep in games, he fortunately is replaceable.

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don’t like Whitley’s start tonight. Teams seeing him for the 2nd time and getting to know his pitches. If he has a bad start tonight given our weak offense we will lose this series. We can’t afford to lose series and stay with the front runners. The Red Sox will catch up to us soon if we keep playing like we are. Yet somehow knowing the Yankees are barely a 500 team I keep hoping that they’re going to get it on track. But with the team that they have put together this is probably the best we’re going to get.

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Great response from a classy team. I think if situation was reversed we all know the first one to pop off would be that clown Johnny Gomes, he acts like the heir apparent to Derek Jeter

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? Gomes don’t play for Yankees

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Of what team do you write? No such players on Yankees

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Matt leave Rob alone. He’s our best poster

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