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Mike Napoli Calls New York Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka an Idiot Following Go-Ahead 9th Inning Home Run

June 29th, 2014 at 9:55 AM
By Doug Rush

Masahiro Tanaka was spinning another gem of a game for the New York Yankees, as he entered the 9th inning of Saturday night's game tied at 1-1 against the Boston Red Sox.

Then came up notorious Yankee killer of late Mike Napoli, who had already struck out twice in the game against Tanaka. But in the 9th inning, Napoli didn't miss this time.

He got a fastball that was up and he connected on it, sending it the opposite way to the right field seats for a go-ahead home run that put the Red Sox up 2-1, a lead that would stick as Koji Uehara closed out the game in the bottom of the ninth inning and tied the series at 1-1.

However, the home run has become the after-thought because of what Napoli said after he got to home plate. FOX, who was covering the game on Saturday night, caught Napoli mouthing the words, "what an idiot" towards Tanaka for giving him a pitch to hit. The video of Napoli calling Tanaka an idiot was caught on someone's Vine account and can be seen here. Ken Rosenthanal of FOX Sports caught up to Napoli and asked him about the comment in which, Napoli didn't deny it.

"Nothing toward him," Napoli said, according to Rosenthal. "I thought he was going to throw me a split in the dirt. He had been getting me out all night on it."

Just more fuel to the fire that is the Yankees-Red Sox historical rivalry. Tanaka took the loss and went to 11-3 on the season, although he did fire his third complete game of the season. The Yankees will look to win the series on Sunday night behind the arm of rookie Chase Whitley.

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