It’s been one week since Mike Napoli had his name mispronounced by President Barack Obama. The Boston Red Sox first baseman will hear about the incident until the end of time, though, and he seems OK with that reality.
Napoli, who said last week he “chuckled” when Obama mispronounced his name during the Red Sox’s recent White House visit, was asked about the episode during an appearance on WEEI’s “Mut & Merloni” on Tuesday. Napoli, as he’s done all along, played it cool.
“It was weird. I was a little embarrassed, actually. I don’t know. It was funny,” Napoli said. “A bunch of the guys started laughing. Yeah, whatever — the guy has a lot more things to worry about than my last name.”
Napoli and the Red Sox visited the White House last Tuesday as part of an annual tradition in which the defending World Series champions pay a visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Obama, to his credit, pronounced everyone else’s name correctly during his speech, which, of course, was highlighted by a selfie the president took with David Ortiz.
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