Mike Napoli was in line to be the Most Valuable Player of the 2011 World Series, right up until the Texas Rangers blew a ninth-inning lead in Game 6 and went on to lose the series in seven games against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Napoli was 7 for 20 in that series with two home runs, six walks, and 10 RBIs. Even now, two year later, losing those final two games is never far from his mind.
Napoli is a game away from a return trip to the Series, this time with the Red Sox.
Game 6 of the American League Championship Series will be Saturday at Fenway Park. The Red Sox are up, 3-2, on the Detroit Tigers thanks to excellent pitching and a power surge from their first baseman. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.