Mike Napoli broke into the Majors with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but after a year with the Texas Rangers, Nap doesn’t mince words when asked about his former team--as evidenced by a recent interview on ESPN Radio 103.3’s “Ben & Skin Show.”
“I don't like them anymore; I'm not a part of them, and I'm a Texas Ranger now,” Napoli said, via the Dallas Morning News. “[When I see C.J. Wilson], I'm going to do what I try to do to any other pitcher. I might give C.J. a head nod, but I'm still going to try and take him deep.”
Meanwhile, Napoli may have something of a challenge on his hands in the form of Wilson’s replacement, Yu Darvish. Napoli suggested on Wednesday that he may have to get creative in the early stages of his on-field relationship with Darvish, who comes to Texas without much of a grasp on the language.
“Yeah, it's going to be pretty crazy. Hopefully he can learn a little English and I can learn a little Japanese so we can yell at each other,” Napoli said. “I'm pretty sure we're going to have to work something out during Spring Training, whether it's hand signals or something.”