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Great feature article on Pedroia

Boston Magazine has a great feature article about Dustin Pedroia.  It covers a lot of ground, but two points really struck me:

Firstly, he trashes Woodland:

“[Woodland]’s a dump,” says Pedroia, whose parents run a tire store on Main Street and whose family seems to occupy a position in Woodland roughly equivalent to that enjoyed by the Grimaldis in Monaco. “You can quote me on that. I don’t give a shit.” He shakes his head.

Pedroia acknowledges he’s angry with the town for something he won’t specify, though it’s safe to assume it involves his older brother Brett’s arrest, in January, on child-molestation charges. (Brett has pleaded not guilty.) “Everyone wants to get out of there,” he goes on. “You don’t want to stay in Woodland. What do you want to stay in Woodland for? The place sucks.”

Part of me feels that I should defend Woodland, but it’s hard to argue with Dustin.  I’ll just leave it at that before I say something that gets me tarred and feathered.

Secondly, the article talks about Dustin’s tenacity and obsessively competitive nature.  I really dug this part:

Pedroia’s coach at Woodland, Rob Rinaldi, likes to tell the story of Chris Patrick and the National Classic. It was 1999, and Rinaldi had recently returned from a major tournament down in Long Beach, where he had coached this Patrick kid, a shortstop. […]  Patrick was a soon-to-be senior at a high school near Fresno. Pedroia was a junior-to-be in Woodland. One day, Rinaldi happened to mention to Pedroia just how much he liked Patrick.

“What was so good about him?” Pedroia demanded.

“Great leader. Makes all the plays,” Rinaldi told Pedroia.

“This really bothered him,” Rinaldi recalls today. Pedroia chewed on this for the rest of the year and even into the following high school season, approaching Rinaldi every month or so and asking, “What about Patrick, man? You still think he’s better than me?”

As it happened, the two teams met in the 2000 National Classic, one of the premier events in high school baseball. The squads were booked into the same hotel, and shortly after Woodland checked in, sure enough, in walked Patrick’s team. Pedroia turned to Rinaldi.

“Which guy is he?” he demanded.


“Patrick. Which guy is he?”

Rinaldi pointed him out.

“Go get him right now. Tell him I want to take ground balls in the parking lot right now. We’ll see who’s better.”

In the game, Pedroia gave Woodland its first run when he doubled, stole third, and tagged up on a foul ball on which the pitcher, first baseman, and catcher all converged. (The catcher made the play, but no one covered the plate.) Then, in the seventh, the game’s final inning, Pedroia uncorked a three-run home run to push Woodland to a 4–3 lead. In the bottom half, he flipped a double play. “Dustin single-handedly won the game,” Rinaldi recalls. Afterward, Pedroia gave his coach an earful. “Who you want on your team now?”

That’s the stuff legends are made of.

Anyway, it’s a great read, so be sure to click through and read the whole thing.


Holy hell, I didn’t see that one coming:


After starting off my second game with a measly 7, I hit four strikes in a row, followed by three spares.  Going into the last frame, I had a 182.  I knocked down eight, and then picked up the spare.  On my “extra” roll, I knocked down another nine, so I finished with 201!  That’s easily the highest I’ve ever scored in a bowling game, probably by at least 70 points.

Oh, and the best part?  All day long Kelly was talking smack about how she was going to whup me up and down the alley.  cough  Yeah.

Thanks to everyone who came out.  I had a great time!

PedRoYa! (This time for real!)

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Dustin Pedroia ran away with the AL [Rookie of the Year award] Monday.

Oh, by the way, did I mention that he played the last ~2 months of the season with a broken bone in his left hand?

Red Sox second baseman played the final two months of the season with a cracked hamate bone in his left hand, the Boston Herald reported Saturday.

Pedroia said he didn't know when the injury occurred, but that it was discovered by an MRI and bone scan on Sept. 10. Pedroia had surgery Tuesday and is wearing a soft cast. […]

Pedroia, the American League rookie of the year favorite, hit .283 with two homers and 10 RBI in the postseason. After Game 4 of the AL Championship Series, he hit .387.

Yeah.  Dude's legit.

Anyway, congrats, Dustin.  All of your hard work paid off – big time!


A good writeup on MLB.com

Moonlight Graham finally gets his shot

One of the saddest moments in Field of Dreams is when Archie “Moonlight” Graham has to give up his dream of playing with some of the biggest names in baseball to save Ray Kinsella’s daughter from choking on a hot dog.  And yet, Graham does it with only a slight amount of hesitation.  He knows that his true calling in life is to be a doctor.

It has freaked me out the past couple of games to see Jacoby Ellsbury playing for the Red Sox, and after just a moment of thought, I finally figured out why: Jacoby Ellsbury is Moonlight Graham!

Well, I’d best be getting home to bed.  Alicia Kelly will think I’ve got a girlfriend.