I Forgot How Awesome Dustin Pedroia Was - That Was My Mistake

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Dustin Pedroia decided to officially retire from the game of baseball on Monday morning.  He retires as a career Red Sox player having played every game for Boston since his 2006 debut. 

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Pedroia hasn’t really been a major factor for the Red Sox since 2017 and I can’t lie, I kind of forgot how awesome the Laser Show was to watch and be a fan of.  Given his machismo and his infinite confidence he probably would slam me for forgetting, but after his announcement I was quickly reminded how much fun it was to root for Dustin Pedroia.

From winning the Rookie of the Year Award in 2007, to winning the MVP Award the following year, to winning multiple world championships, Pedey was the embodiment of Red Sox Nation.  He was drafted in 2004 as a shortstop.  Even if he did not have the desired size of a high-end prospect, his talent severely outweighed his height and that is why Boston selected Dustin in the second round.  He was always playing at 10, which may have led to his injuries towards the end of his career, but that was what made him the man. 

Not only did Pedroia have great performances on the field, he was also part of some incredible stories.  My favorite was a tale that came from the 2007 World Series against the Colorado Rockies.  As the story goes…After hitting a home run off a Rockies’ starting pitcher Jeff Francis, the security guard at Coors Field stopped the Red Sox second baseball and asked for his credentials.  I imagine he was thinking that someone of Pedroia’s stature surely couldn’t be a big leaguer.  Offended by the stadium bouncer’s mistake, Pedroia looked at the guy and basically said ask Jeff Francis who the F I am.  

That swag, that undoubting belief in himself is what led him to have such a good career.  If someone had told him he would have his career when drafted “I’d have said you were nuts.”  Pedroia stated in his retirement press conference, via Zoom of course.

Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy recalls a memory he has when Theo Epstein gave Dustin Pedroia the call after selecting him in the first-year player draft.  Pedroia’s first response to Epstein was “Bro, 65th?!? What took you so long? I’m trying to get to the big leagues, I’m trying to win championships.”  Theo had to have known right then and there that they found something special in that year’s draft.

Maybe it was the injuries that unfortunately cut his career short or the “it was them” incident, but I had lost my love for the Red Sox dirt dog.  That was my mistake and Dustin, if you’re reading this… first of all thank you and secondly please forgive me.  I clearly let my recency bias cloud my memories of the second baseman.  I hope he sticks around in some sort of capacity because he is a player that the fans (including me…again Dustin I’m sorry for forgetting) will appreciate sticking around.  Thank you for everything 15!


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