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Anatomy of a home run

How Mike Napoli drilled a Justin Verlander fastball and changed the ALCS

Updated: October 16, 2013, 8:04 AM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- Mike Napoli has, by acclamation, the coolest beard on the Boston Red Sox roster. It's a thick and lustrous creation, impervious to combs, garden implements or anything short of a machete at this stage of its evolution. Only David Ross's amazing salt-and-pepper combination comes close on the team's 25-man roster.

Fans might be generally unaware of this, but Napoli is also the poster boy for those marathon games that ruin umpire Joe West's late dinner plans and make NESN watchers ...

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