Mike Napoli and a porn star

Ezra Shaw

There's a story going around about Mike Napoli possibly dating porn star Rachel Starr

Right now, when I think about the term "fan favorite," one of the first names that pops to mind is Mike Napoli.

Its kind of weird for me to think about the fact that Napoli was only a Ranger for two years.  It seems like he was here much longer than that, and fans seemed to embrace him almost immediately upon his arrival.

The Napoli-as-Texas-Ranger saga is fascinating to look at.  He was a member of the hated Angels, but never really seemed to be appreciated or properly utilized by them.  He was dumped on Toronto by Anaheim as part of the scrumptrulescent (if you're a Ranger fan) Vernon Wells trade, then was snagged by Texas from  Toronto when they dumped Frankie Francisco (who Ranger fans were ready to see scoot on out of town) on the Jays.

Wells was (predictably) awful for the Angels, Napoli had a career year for the Rangers while stomping Anaheim every time he played them, the Rangers went to the World Series, Napoli seemed like a fun guy to root for, the Angels (and Jered Weaver in particular) seemed to hate him which made him that much more fun to root for, fans chanted "Na-Po-Li!" when he came to the plate, C.J. Wilson tweeted Napoli's phone number after he left for the Angels (which prompted the fans to rally around him even more), and despite coming back down to earth, fighting injuries, and hitting just .227 in 2012, he was still very popular among Ranger fans.  He packed a lot of stuff into his two year stint with the Rangers.

I think its fair to say more Ranger fans were mad at the organization over Napoli departing than over Josh Hamilton or C.J. Wilson leaving.

In any case, Napoli has put up a .244/.335/.435 line this year for the BoSox while playing exclusively first base and DH, and while Ranger fans have moved on, there definitely isn't the animosity directed towards him that there is towards other players who have left.  I would wager that there would be a fair amount of enthusiasm about his return, should the Rangers opt to bring him back after the season as a free agent.

Okay.  This wasn't supposed to be a post re-living the Mike Napoli years, but it kind of turned into one.

This post is really about the news out there that porn star Rachel Starr was going to the Boston/San Fran game earlier this week as, apparently, a guest of Mike Napoli, with Starr saying Napoli is "one of my fav friends to hang out with!"

Starr is also apparently available to go on a date with you in San Fran this week, for a price, if you are so inclined.

This resulted in various stories being published the last couple of days about whether Napoli and Starr are dating, or seeing each other, or whatever, because hey, guys like baseball, and guys like porn, so if you can have a baseball/porn mashup story, that's SEO gold, Jerry!

Even Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson got into the action, saying that the Nats players weren't dating any porn stars because "we can't score."

I'm sad, and a little surprised, that this didn't happen while Napoli was with the Rangers.  Really, this is the sort of story that seems to happen with the Rangers, who have in the last decade or so dealt with their manager using cocaine, a pitcher throwing a chair at a fan in Oakland, a pitcher throwing a punch at a photographer, a pitcher either getting sucker-punched or losing a bar fight in Cleveland, a pitcher being scolded for calling the average player a "douchebag" on a team blog filled with a bunch of commenters who are douchebags, the team itself going through bankruptcy, and all the other myriad weirdness that seems to follow this franchise around.

I also have to say that, if we were making a list of "Rangers most likely to hook up with a porn star," Mike Napoli would probably be on it.  I'm not sure who else would make the cut.  Maybe C.J. Wilson, but he would be hooking up with a porn star who does artsy fetish porn films...you probably wouldn't have heard of her, but she's really big in certain circles, and Terry Richardson is interested in doing a photo shoot with her for the magazine that is like the European version of Vogue before Vogue sold out and went all commercial.

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