Dustin Pedroia is About to Pull Off Something We Might Not See Again
Dustin Pedroia played all of three games in the 2018 season because of complications from a right knee surgery. That surgery was required thanks to a brutal spiking slide from Manny Machado on April 21,
That is because the Dirty Chicken refuses to let his career end on a dirty slide. Pedroia is your father’s favorite player. Listed at 5’9, 175 pounds, he was the harbinger of today’s modern ballplayer. The first giant name pf the lilliputian guard, now led by fellow second basemen Jose Altuve, Pedroia nabbed the AL MVP way back in 2008 in just his second full season at the MLB level. Today nobody bats an eye at the 5’6 Altuve winning an MVP a year before the 5’9 Mookie Betts cements his case for the trophy. But back in 2008? That was a different story. Pedroia swung the lumber like Paul Bunyan trying to fell a tree next to Babe (the Ox… not the Sultan of Swat). The baseball world had never quite seen something as galling or fascinating. Everyone kept doubting Pedroia… and Pedroia kept proving them wrong.
That doubt and need to prove everyone wrong is still what drives Pedroia today. Who would blame the dirt dog for hanging up the cleats after appearing in just three games all season and winning his third World Series? Nobody. Yet… Pedroia is spending the entire offseason in his baseball mansion in Chandler, AZ gearing up for the 2019 season so he can prove the doubters wrong one last time; “Put it this way, I just look at my whole career and nobody expected me to do what I did and I’ve enjoyed proving everyone wrong,” he told WEEI.com, filling his workout room with intensity. “I think I have to do it one more time. That’s it. And that’s going to be fun. I enjoy that. And I hope it turns out the way it did the first time” (quote taken from https://www.radio.com/articles/weei-boston/how-dustin-pedroia-plans-be-boston-red-sox-second-baseman-2019).
The key there is the “one more time” line. It gives you everything you need to know about Pedroia and his career. He wants to go out on his own terms, and that knowledge has him about as motivated as he has ever been, which is saying something for a guy that almost never takes a play, swing, or pitch off. One more time. One more year. That is what Dustin Pedroia is saying. After the 2019 season? More than likely he is going to call it quits. That will mean his entire career will have been with the Boston Red Sox.
Again, Dustin Pedroia is your father (and mother’s) favorite player. In a day and age where teams and fans count down the days of a player’s first contract, knowing he will jump ship for greener (and more lucrative) pastures, Dustin Pedroia is on a path to spend all 14 seasons of his career with one organization. You will never have to endure the indignity of a Pedroia
Dustin Pedroia is everything you could ever want from a baseball player. A walking enigma that fits whatever mold you want to shape him into. Is he a throwback who somehow has his uniform mud-caked by the third inning? You bet. Is he the modern ballplayer taking massive hacks in a smaller frame, but whose slash line looms twice as large? Of course. Is he even a hilarious sound-byte generator that can propel