Napoli: Beard 'part of me, I shampoo, condition it'

Napoli: Beard 'part of me, I shampoo, condition it'
February 20, 2014, 1:45 am
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David Ortiz's contract? Jon Lester's? Who's going to hit leadoff? All great questions for the Red Sox in spring training. Of course, it's not the biggest question.

That was put to Sox first baseman Mike Napoli on The Baseball Show on Wednesday night. The beard, is it staying and why?

I love this thing. It's part of me," Napoli told Lou Merloni, Jessica Moran and Sean McAdam. "I shampoo, condition it. I really don't even notice it. We've got our barber coming down next week. I might trim down the sides a little bit."

Napoli was a free agent for the second consecutive winter this offseason, but knew there was little chance he'd go elsewhere.

"There was never a doubt I was coming back here," he said. "Everything went pretty smoothly [in getting a new contract]."

Merloni asked if the teamwide texts that manager John Farrell talked about included teammates asking if anyone had seen Napoli, after his famous day and night out on the town after the Red Sox rolling rally.

"I enjoyed myself," Napoli said. "It was a fun time for me and my friends. I wanted to go out there and party with the fans and have a good time."