Dustin Pedroia rolled up to JetBlue Park on Monday in his two-of-a-kind custom Jeep pickup. The star second baseman didn’t just show up with a hot ride, but also with his characteristic spark and drive for success.
Pedroia is looking to make this a somewhat comeback year after missing almost half the 2015 season due to a hamstring injury. And although the infielder feels ready to go, Manager John Farrell warns that the aging all-star may take a few days off this season to rest and rejuvenate. The Red Sox veteran has had a successful career to earn leadership status.
Number 15 is quite the role model. He is consistently the first to arrive at the park for a game to prepare and be his best. So it may have surprised some people when he was the second to last position player to report for Spring training. When asked about his time in Fort Meyers, Pedey said:
I don’t show up when we wear shorts.
Dustin Pedroia shows up to do his job, and do it well. He doesn’t show up until the game pants are ready, not the practice shorts. He sets an example for the younger players on his team. The Sox management recognizes Pedey’s talent, signified by a contract that keeps him with the club through 2021. But just because Pedroia doesn’t wear a “C” on his jersey doesn’t mean he isn’t a captain. Pedroia will be an asset to Hanley Ramirez, who is making the transition from outfield to first base. Manager John Farrell described Pedroia:
He’s basically going to be the captain of our infield.
Dustin Pedroia will forever be the spark and heart of the Boston Red Sox, and with David Ortiz beginning his farewell season, Pedey will also eventually become the veteran backbone to the team. So what does this season hold for Dustin Pedroia. Only time will tell. #thesoxsweetheart
PHOTO CREDIT: Barry Chin, The Boston Globe