|Mike Napoli was a month away from his major league debut when he went 4-for-5 on opening night at Tucson.|
It’s a little early for the November 19 Game of the Week, but I’m going to be out of town so I’m posting it now.
This is the opening night game of the 2006 season for the Salt Lake Bees at Tucson. Joe Saunders is on the mound for the Bees. It’s a big game for Mike Napoli, who goes 4-for-5 with a double.
Plenty other future Angels are in the lineup — Erick Aybar, Howie Kendrick, Dallas McPherson, Kendry Morales, Tommy Murphy, and Reggie Willits.
It also happens to be the first game for this franchise playing under the name “Bees.” They’d been the Stingers since 2001, and the Buzz before that. The name Bees came from Salt Lake baseball history, as many professional baseball teams in Salt Lake over the decades were called Bees. New owner Larry H. Miller decided to restore the name he remembered from his childhood growing up in Salt Lake City.