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Mike (Napoli) and the mike

NEW YORK -- Here's what John Farrell said about the "What an Idiot" comment by Mike Napoli after he homered off Masahiro Tanaka, caught on a Fox TV mike Saturday night:

"My understanding, they're looking to capture an emotion that might enhance the telecast. From my understanding, those mikes aren’t directly inside the dugout, but are powerful enough to pick up things that can be said inside there.

"The one thing we don’t ever want our players to be is non-emotional. I'm aware of the comment. I didn’t hear it at the time, but I know this: We’ve got the utmost respect for Tanaka. I know Mike Napoli does. His comment was based on emotion in that moment; it wasn’t directed as derogatory at him. To me, the microphone is part of the package that Fox buys from MLB, so that’s what we do."

Napoli could be heard making the comment as he returned to the Sox dugout after breaking a 1-1 tie with a solo home run in the ninth inning. He told reporters he was surprised that Tanaka threw him a fastball after getting him out all night with splitters.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn't make much of the comment either, telling reporters before Sunday night's game, "I haven't seen anything in Mike Napoli that he is a guy that shows people up or he is a guy that degrades people. I don't make too much of it. It is a heat of the moment thing."