Dustin Pedroia, the American League Rookie of the Year, is back. And he’s still got the same chip on his shoulder that endeared him to teammates a year ago.
A sampling from his media gathering this morning:
What does Pedroia have to prove to people this year? “I don’t really care what people think. I don’t really
have to prove anything to anybody. I just have to prove stuff to my teammates.
I don’t give a [expletive]t what anybody says about me. I’m going to go out there and
be who I am and if you don’t like it, watch somebody else. That’s all I care
As for that Rookie of the Year Award? "I don’t think about that, man. That’s just something
that sportswriters voted on. I don’t think I was the best rookie. I didn’t
really think about it. The only thing I knew is I got an opportunity to play in
the World Series and we won. That’s what our goal was all year. The whole
Rookie of the Year thing, I’m not really concerned about it. I actually, I
might put a little holster on it and hold up my garage door and put it down
Oh, and Pedroia is ready to renew his vow to beat Kevin Youkilis in any type of speed race. “I’m a lot faster than him, let’s just clarify that right
now. I’ll race him in my tennis shoes, or no shoes, it doesn’t matter. I’ll
just race him.”
There you have it.
Word is that the ace — No. 19 in your program — Josh Beckett will meet the press following today’s workout.