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Mike Napoli Loses Bet, Has To Use Right Said Fred, Culture Club & Shania Twain For At-Bat Music

Major league baseball players using corny songs for their at-bat music is nothing new – Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies comes instantly to mind – but usually, in those instances the player picks the questionable tunes themselves, so they know going in what songs are about to be played. That was not the case for Texas Rangers catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli for Tuesday night’s game against the Baltimore Orioles, his first back after a stint on the disabled list.

Napoli made a bet with Rangers sideline reporter Emily Jones on the NBA Finals – Napoli, as a Heat fan, opted to go with Miami and Jones took the local team, the Dallas Mavericks. Obviously, we all know how things turned out in the Finals, so for losing the bet, Napoli had to let Jones pick his at-bat music for him. And hoo boy, Jones let him have it with her musical choices.

In Napoli’s first at-bat, he came to the plate with runners on base and no outs in the second inning – definitely an important plate appearance early on in the game – the song choice? Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy”. Yeesh. According to Jones, that was the song selected by Rangers fans, but that doesn’t make it acceptable nor does it make it any less funny. And it proved to be too sexy of a song for Napoli, who hit into a double play.

Napoli’s second at-bat? Fourth inning, two outs, Michael Young on base. The song? Culture Club’s “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?” Apparently, Jones wanted to hurt Napoli’s chances at the plate, as he proceeded to strike out to end the inning. Ouch.

Jones stated that Napoli basically knew which songs were coming for his first two at-bats (via The Dallas Morning News):

“I gave him a heads-up. He knew the three choices on the fan song,”  Jones said to KTCK-AM 1310’s BaD Radio on Wednesday. “And he knew the Culture Club one, because I told him that one in the clubhouse.  So he knew two of them going in. The only one he didn’t know was the last one.”

And Jones came up with a real doozy for her last shot at humiliating Napoli: Shania Twain’s “Man, I Feel Like A Woman”. Yamma hamma. And wouldn’t you know it? In the sixth with two outs, the Rangers trailing, Napoli struck out once again. Guh.

But in the end, it was all fun and games, but I bet if either of the betting parties would have known how Napoli’s plate appearances would have ended up when the two settled their bet, they might have elected to forego the entire production, regardless of whether or not the music had any real effect on Napoli, something which of course cannot be quantified either way.

“I can’t remember the last time I felt so invested in the outcome of an at-bat,” Jones said in the interview Wednesday. “I walked into the clubhouse and Ian [Kinsler] said, ‘Clearly, we’re never doing that again.’ And I was like, ‘Quite obviously.'”

Oh, and just for the record, when Napoli came up in the eighth inning, he was able to select his own at-bat music. The result? Another hitless plate appearance. So there you go. It doesn’t say in the story, but my guess is the song choice was probably something worse than the tunes Jones had selected. Baseball players have terrible taste in music. I mean, it all sounds the same to Rangers skipper Ron Washington and this is just a hunch, but my guess is that guy knows his stuff. For some reason or another.

Bet backfires as Culture Club, Right Said Fred muffle Mike Napoli’s bat [The Dallas Morning News]