Mike Napoli

Good news for Red Sox: Mike Napoli is having some really funky dreams

Rob Bradford
March 13, 2015 - 12:22 pm

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- The benefits of Mike Napoli's sleep apnea surgery haven't been hard to find. He has said his workouts have been better. And the first baseman looks solid both at the plate and in the field thus far in spring training. Prior to getting the start Friday night against the Yankees, Napoli was 5-for-12 (.417). But we now know perhaps one of the best side effects from Napoli actually getting uninterrupted sleep: his dreams. "I hadn't dreamt for a long time," he said. "It was a real long time." And since he hadn't dreamt for ages, it shouldn't have come as a shock how vividly he remembered that first dream shortly after surgery. "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 said. "Like dancing skating. Through cars, busses 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. "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 was roller skating seeing an NBA basketball team." The dreams, and the recollection of those instances, didn't stop with that first one, either. "I had another dream that I was a hockey player, me and my friend, Mathis," he explained. "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." As Napoli has rediscovered, it's good to dream every now and again. - Here is the Red Sox' lineup for their Friday night tilt against the Yankees: Mookie Betts CF, Dustin Pedroia 2B, David Ortiz DH, Hanley Ramirez LF, Pablo Sandoval 3B, Mike Napoli 1B, Daniel Nava RF, Xander Bogaerts SS, Ryan Hanigan, C. Rick Porcello will get the start, with Brian Johnson, Dana Eveland, Edward Mujica, Zeke Spruill and Junichi Tazawa slated to follow. Pitching for the Yankees will be Adam Warren, with the only recognizable names in their starting lineup being Chris Young (CF), Garrett Jones (1B) and Brian McCann (DH).