Monday, March 19, 2012
Updated: June 13, 9:53 PM ET
Mike Napoli: 'It's not a prank'
By Master Tesfatsion
Special Contributor / ESPNDallas.com
Texas Rangers catcher Mike Napoli didn't find what was supposed to be a joke by former teammate C.J. Wilson, tweeting his cell phone number over the weekend, to be all that funny.
Now with the Los Angeles Angels, Wilson tweeted Napoli's number to more than 116,000 of his followers this weekend. The tweet has since been deleted, but Wilson's timeline is filled with mentions of the incident, and he reportedly received a number of calls and texts.
The two were only teammates last season after Napoli came over from the Angels. Wilson became a free agent this offseason and signed a five-year, $77.5 million contract with the Angels. Napoli then said that he was looking forward to hitting home runs off the left-hander, prompting Wilson's prank.
After posting the number, Wilson later tweeted: "Okay I think we've all had a good time, I'm even with mike for saying he can't wait to hit homers off me."
Napoli said he can't do anything about what Wilson did, nor will he retaliate.
"I don't know what he's doing or what his meaning was behind it," Napoli said Monday. "He really doesn't know me that well to kind of do that. I haven't talked to him in a while."
If Wilson was upset, Napoli said the Angels pitcher should've just called him rather than getting back at him via social media.
"If I have a problem with somebody, I'm going to call them," Napoli told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I just think it was uncalled for. ...
"You don't do that. I am not taking it as a prank."
Master Tesfatsion covers the Rangers for ESPNDallas.com.