Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli asked his mother several years ago to write her signature, Donna Rose, on a business card. She did and Napoli brought it to the tattoo parlor and had her signature inked on his arm.
Napoli describes his relationship with his mother “special.” Donna always was there for Mike and his brother. She worked two jobs as a single mother to give them a better life.
Napoli was one of several major leaguers who proudly talked about his mother this week with Eagle-Tribune baseball reporter Christopher Smith in honor of Mother’s Day today.
Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino said, “What can’t you love about your mom? I always say your mom is a lot of times the backbone of your family.”
Victorino and Boston designated hitter David Ortiz recently chatted with each other about the family dynamic and how sons often push the limits with their mothers.
Sons typically do what their father tells them to do immediately but they like to “yes” their mothers, Victorino pointed out.
“‘Oh, I hear you mom. I’ll get it done.’ Five minutes later, ‘OK. I’ll get it done,” Victorino said, laughing.
“You can get away with it once, you can get away with it twice, but by the third time something is flying across the room either hitting your feet or getting your attention,” Victorino added.
Victorino put it best. “Who we are obviously is a reflection of our parents.”
These baseball players love their mothers and feel their mom’s personalities are a reflection of who they have become today:
Red Sox right fielder — All-Star, Four-time Gold Glover
“Still to this day, she plays a big role in who I am. If you talk to her about what her biggest accomplishment is for me as an individual, it won’t be winning a World Series. It won’t be being an All-Star. It won’t be the contracts that I’ve been able to sign. It’s being an Eagle Scout.