Mike Napoli, nimble as ever, literally jumped to second base to beat the tag
Mike Napoli was a bit jumpy during the fifth inning of the Indians' 8-4 win over the Twins on Wednesday night, and we mean that in the literal sense -- he jumped to the bases. In the top of the inning, he leapt at Max Kepler's sharp liner to first, snagged the ball and landed on the bag to turn an unassisted double play:
And then, in the bottom of the inning, after drawing a walk to load the bases, Napoli took off for second on Carlos Santana's single into right field. Perhaps looking to avenge his untimely out in the previous frame, Kepler fired to second just as Napoli was reaching the base. The Indians first baseman was in danger of getting tagged and putting a damper on his team's eventual five-run inning. But then he sprang into action:
Pretty nimble for a 6-foot-1, 225-pound former catcher, huh? Someone tell the Cleveland Ballet, if they ever want to put on Swan Lake, they have their Siegfried.