We already produce discussions about Mike Napoli in bulk supply, but this article is a chance to observe a common theme in sports journalism. Remember when Napoli was a "clubhouse cancer" with a "poor work ethic", a "choker" and "defensive liability"? Suddenly after one monstrous season and two clutch playoff games, he's praised as a hard worker, an ideal teammate, a complete player, and a big-time performer.
Did the man really change, or just the stories people tell about him? And these stories just happened to change right along with his Triple Crown stats (AVG, HR, RBI). In the moralistic jargon of professional sportswriting, being a successful player is the same as being a good person. Too bad Lyle Spencer's heart has always belonged to Jeff Mathis.
Update. No sooner had I typed this, a further case in point:
The value of a strong, supportive nuclear family in evidence with the Uptons. #Rays#Diamondbacks