Originally written on RedSoxLife  |  Last updated 10/23/14
Mike Napoli is mobbed by his teammates after hitting a walk-off double on Patriots' Day. Ben Whitehead Contributing Writer When Mike Napoli signed this offseason with the Boston Red Sox, there was a sense of optimism growing in Red Sox Nation. The big bat that was needed to protect David Ortiz was signed. The Red Sox were going to shore up a position (first base) that was left to fill after the trade of Adrian Gonzalez to the Dodgers last August. But most importantly, GM Ben Cherington did his part to fill a need elsewhere: The clubhouse. Napoli was brought in, along with the signings of Shane Victorino, David Ross, Ryan Dempster and Jonny Gomes, to change the proverbial clubhouse culture. Cherington and the Red Sox Brass wanted fun, outgoing guys who had a reputation of being some of the best clubhouse guys in baseball. They wanted guys who were going to help rebuild the team’s chemistry, which was damaged in previous seasons. It’s safe to say the clubhouse culture is much ...
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