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What they were thinking: Making the play

Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff

Every Sunday, Boston Globe photographer Stan Grossfeld asks the subject of one of his photos to explain what’s happening in the shot.

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Who’s up today: Mike Napoli, Red Sox first baseman, has a face full of chain as he tosses to the pitcher after fielding a ground ball from Baltimore’s Chris Davis in the ninth inning. The previous batter, Adam Jones, had hit a home run, April 8, 2013.

Napoli: “What I was thinking was we really need this out. Once I got it knocked down, I just ran to the ball. It was a weird play. I was on the line in an overshift, so Chris Davis hit it hard and it was almost like he hooked it. The way I read it was more like it was going toward the hole, but it came back toward me. I just tried to get my body in front of it. I think it kicked off my glove and then I recovered. I went underhand because it’s just easier for the pitcher to handle. It’s just a chain. Nothing in it, just a clasp. I’ve always worn a chain when I played. Not for luck or fashion. I just wear it. I’ve just always worn a chain when I’ve played. No luck or anything. I didn’t even know it hit me in the face. It’s funny, it’s weird.”

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