Mike Napoli’s tenure in Boston wasn’t particularly lengthy, but he managed to become a Red Sox fan favorite in no time.
Napoli joined the Red Sox ahead of the 2013 campaign and immediately made his presence felt, blasting 23 home runs and 92 RBIs in his debut season. That only was the beginning of the Napoli-Boston love affair, though, as the Sox went on to win the World Series that very season.
From his play on the field to his burly beard and unmatched energy to party, Napoli made lifelong fans in Boston over his two-plus seasons with the franchise. So when he announced his retirement from Major League Baseball on Saturday, members of Red Sox Nation were quick to send kind messages to the now-former slugger.
Given his love for the city, we have a feeling Napoli will make his way to Fenway Park every now and then.