Originally written October 30, 2013 on NESN.com:
Wednesday night’s Game 6 will not be the first time Mike Napoli takes the field in a potential World Series clincher. He was in this exact spot two seasons ago, against this very same Cardinals team. In fact, Napoli, then a catcher for the Texas Rangers, was behind the plate when Rangers closer Neftali Feliz — just one strike away from the title — surrendered a two-run, game-tying triple to David Freese that forced extra innings. The Cardinals went on to take Game 6 in the 11th in one of the greatest World Series games of all time, and another St. Louis victory the following night sent Napoli and his Rangers teammates home empty-handed. “I think about it all the time,” Napoli told the Boston Herald last week. “I’ll be home, sitting on the couch watching baseball, and you always play the what-ifs. What if I called a slider there [to Freese]? Or what if [outfielder Nelson Cruz] caught that ball? You go through that all the time. It hurts to this day. It was so close. That’s the closes...
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