Kansas City Royals Top Prospect Grew Up Idolizing Red Sox' Dustin Pedroia

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Dustin Pedroia retired earlier this month after 14 years as a member of the Boston Red Sox.  The former four-time All Star, four-time Gold Glove Award winner walked away from the game after injuries derailed his career. 


Photo courtesy of Bobby Witt Jr. Instagram / Billy Weiss, Red Sox, Getty Images


On Monday, Red Sox Spring Training kicked off with a full team workout in Fort Myers.  The club had its annual organizational meeting that included the ownership, front office, roster and staff. 


It also included a very special guest who appeared on the video scoreboard in center field.  Pedroia appeared and deliver a message to his former team and organization to kick off camp.

Pedroia had a huge impact on the game in Boston and his teammates across the game.  Former teammate and Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks referred to Pedroia as a “different breed”. 


Red Sox legend David Ortiz told WEEI’s Rob Bradford that the former second baseman “showed the whole planet it wasn’t about height, it was about balls.”


“I can say so much about Dustin,” said Ortiz. “It got to the point while I played that I asked myself one day who would be a player that you would buy a ticket to see because it was worth it to watch him play for nine innings?  And my answer was Dustin Pedroia.”


Pedroia also impacted players growing up who are now breaking into the league. 


Current Royals top prospect, shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., grew up idolizing Pedroia.  He also grew up idolizing Yankees icon Derek Jeter and struggled to pick a side during the their heated rivalry.  Witt Jr. wears No. 17, a combination of both No. 15 and No. 2 as his way to pay homage to both baseball greats. 


When Pedroia announced his retirement from the game, Witt Jr. took to his Twitter to tweet about No. 15.

The Royals who acquired former Red Sox left fielder in a multiplayer trade are assembling a good young nucleus of players.  With young pitching in the system and on their way to the majors plus Witt Jr., the Royals are ready to let their young players pay dividends this year. 


The Royals love the player they have in Witt Jr. and are excited to see what he becomes.  The young future superstar grew up idolizing two of the game's best players.  It will be something to watch if Witt Jr. can bring his own laser show to Kauffman Stadium for many years to come.

   

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