Mike Napoli’s Vivid Dreams a Positive Sign

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This past off season, Boston Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli underwent surgery to correct a sleep apnea condition that got so bad at one point, he even considered walking away from the game.
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After he got his problem fixed, not only was Napoli able to sleep well again, but he also was able to dream— something he had not done in quite Mike Napolisome time.

Although he had not dreamt in a while, his dreams came back in a vivid manner.

“I was roller skating with old school roller skates, headband, jean shorts, tank-top, old school earphones with the cassette player, skating through a city,” Napoli told Rob Bradford of WEEI. “Like dancing skating. Through cars, buses going by. I went by the Ritz and an NBA basketball team was checking into the hotel. Then all of a sudden I ended up being in a mall, skating around the mall, just dancing around and going around and around the mall.”
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“I woke up and told my friend Blacky, ‘You won’t believe this dream I just had.’ He said, ‘You had a dream?’ I said, ‘Yeah, it was the [expletive].’ I don’t know why I remembered it, but I did. I had to tell somebody. I don’t know why I was roller skating seeing an NBA basketball team.”

While that dream may sound odd, it was not the only one he had.

“I had another dream that I was a hockey player, me and my friend, Mathis,” he said. “We were becoming hockey players and we were in a Sam’s Club and that’s where we all stayed and lived in all one big area. There was nothing but 1,000 boxes of cereal and that’s all we ate was cereal.”
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Apparently, Napoli is enjoying his new found dreams. Red Sox fans can hope that maybe his dreams will help him on the field— probably not though. What can be taken from this is that Napoli has a healthy sleep cycle with plenty of REM sleep if he is able to remember his dreams.

Sleep apnea was the demise of former Red Sox top prospect Craig Hansen, so it is encouraging to know that Napoli will not fall down the same road.

Why The Boston Red Sox Should Keep Mike Napoli

mike napoliThere has been a lot of talk lately about the trade deadline. There are a number of players on the Boston Red Sox that other teams have interest in, including first baseman Mike Napoli. Although it is in their best interest to trade a number of pitchers, and maybe even a couple of position players, Mike Napoli is one guy they need to hold onto.
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The 32-year-old catcher-turned-first baseman is having an incredible year for the Boston Red Sox, although ordinary statistics might not show the whole story. His OBP which is an impressive .389 ranks 11th in all of baseball, not to mention he is on pace to clip over 20 home runs.

In the field, Napoli is pulling his weight as well. Playing above-average defense at first base while having the versatility to also play catcher if need be; it is rare to find an everyday first baseman as versatile as Napoli. Although he likely will not play catcher on a regular basis, it is something he can do if it comes down to it.
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Earning $16 million this year and considered overpaid, Napoli is doing his job and doing it well for this 2014 Boston Red Sox team and there is no reason to part ways with him now. He is under contract for Boston next year as well, which is why trading him seems like a bad idea. The 2015 season has a lot of promise for the Boston Red Sox and a veteran Mike Napoli will help them along the way by providing some power for a young lineup.
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If he were set to be a free agent after this year, that would be a different story. Mike Napoli definitely has plenty of trade value, but the time to trade him is not now. Given that he is one of the top first baseman in the league and has quite some time left in the big leagues, the Boston Red Sox should keep him for as long as possible.