Mike Napoli basically has the heads of every Red Sox pitcher mounted on his wall, but there’s one member of the staff who can say Napoli has never touched him — Daniel Bard. Napoli will always be a significant hitter for Bard, and not just because the best the slugger has managed against him in six plate appearances is a walk.
On May 13, 2009, Bard made his big league debut in Anaheim against Napoli with runners on second and third in the sixth inning and the Sox trailing, 7-4.
Three fastballs later, Napoli trudged back to the dugout, Bard’s first strikeout victim.

“He was throwing like 100 or something,” Napoli recalled yesterday with chagrin. “It was unreal.”
Technically, Bard’s fastballs that night registered 96, 96 and 98 mph, though it should be noted that Angels Stadium is notorious for having one of the slowest guns in the game.
“You don’t see too many 97s on our gun,” Napoli said at the time.
Knowing nothing about Bard except that he supposedly threw hard, Napoli watched him warm up from the on-deck circle. He wasn’t prepared for the heat that followed.
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