World Series Notebook
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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ST. LOUIS ó Josh Hamilton was rifling through his bag Wednesday afternoon, trying to find the right bat to sign for a fan. Hitters are superstitious about this kind of thing, always making sure they don’t give one away that has a few more hits in it.
Rangers pitcher C.J. Wilson leaned over from the adjacent locker and jokingly told Hamilton that he wanted an autographed bat, too ó one that he used to hit a home run.
“It’s been a while,” Hamilton said. “Not sure I can find one of those.”
The slugging outfielder hasn’t homered since going deep off the Mariners’ Anthony Vasquez on Sept. 23, a stretch of 19 games and 79 at-bats. That includes all five games against St. Louis in the World Series.
NAH-PO-LI: Mike Napoli is having a charmed postseason and a historic Series.
After he was traded from the Angels to the Blue Jays to the Rangers within a week over the winter, Napoli wasn’t sure exactly how much he was wanted. He finally learned during the AL divisional series against Tampa Bay, when he stepped to the plate with the bases loaded against Rays ace James Shields.
The crowd started chanting his name: Nah-po-li! Nah-po-li!
“It was kind of crazy, doing it then,” Napoli said Wednesday. “It caught me off-guard. I was like, ‘Man, this probably isn’t the right time to be doing this,’ but I came through. It was pretty cool.”
Napoli has really come through in the World Series.
He’s already joined Mickey Mantle as the only players with four multi-RBI games, and his nine RBIs represents nearly half of the Rangers’ 19 runs. Only five other players ó Mantle, Bobby Richardson, Yogi Berra, Sandy Alomar Jr. and Ted Kluszewski ó drove in more in a World Series.
NOT-SO-SWEET DREAMS: Rangers reliever Mike Adams had some pretty funky dreams on Tuesday night.
“I was dreaming about the game, for some reason,” Adams said. “I dreamed they called me to come into the game, and for some reason I didn’t have no spikes on, and I couldn’t find my glove. It was weird, man, it was weird. We won the game, and then for some reason they made us play the bottom of the ninth again, and they tied it up. It was crazy, man, but we still won the World Series.”