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Once again, Mike Napoli rose to the occasion

Everybody loved it: the swanky crowd dining on grass-fed filets with Hollandaise sauce in the EMC Club, the bleacher creatures scarfing Fenway Franks; and the Red Sox diehards from Block Island to the Canadian maritimes who were warmed amid fall’s first deep chill by the performance of a playoff sensation named Napoli.

He has a postseason way about him, that Mike Napoli. He was extraordinary for the Texas Rangers in the 2011 World Series, batting .350 with two home runs and 10 RBIs, only to be denied the MVP award when the Rangers suffered a devastating, fall-from-ahead loss in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals.

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