Mike Napoli and Boston will always share a special bond.
The former Boston Red Sox World Series champion is back in town this weekend with the Cleveland Indians, but he’s still got a piece of his life in town.
“It’s a special place for me,” Napoli told NESN’s Guerin Austin about Fenway Park and the city of Boston. “Being able to play here for three years, winning a championship. I still own my place here. It’s just a special place for me that will always be in my heart and a place that I love playing.”
Napoli was traded last August after nearly three seasons with the Red Sox, but still hasn’t sold his place since leaving town. And on his first visit back to Fenway since the departure he caught up with NESN’s Guerin Austin to talk about his time here and his journey since leaving.
Among other topics, Napoli mentioned how much he enjoys playing for Indians manager Terry Francona, who signed Napoli on the suggestion of Dustin Pedroia.
“It’s fun (playing for Francona),” Napoli said. “I mean, (he’s) a guy that’s very honest with you. He means everything he says, and being able to play for him — if you go out there and play the game the right way, you’re gonna be fine with him.
“He keeps it loose, he’s fun. It’s definitely a treat being able to play for him.”
Check out the rest of what Napoli had to say in the video above.
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