Audition time brings back memories
With the Red Sox set to give Lars Anderson and Josh Reddick fairly extended looks down the stretch, it brings back memories to the last time Boston was out of a pennant race at this point of the season.
That would be 2006, when a young player named Dustin Pedroia got his feet wet in the Major Leagues down the stretch.
In Pedroia’s 31-game audition, he hit .191 with two homers and seven RBIs, rotating between second base and shortstop.
Manager Terry Francona had some interesting recollections of that time before Wednesday’s game.
“He didn’t look too good,” Francona said. “I remember — that’s all I heard was this kid’s
so good. All I did was make outs and then he went to Spring Training
and he started the year and made outs and then what everybody in the
organization said was true was. He’s a tremendous player. They pretty much nailed it with him. They said he’ll probably
start slow and he’ll end up being a great player. That’s about what he
Do Francona and Pedroia ever recall those days?
“Oh yeah, I talked to him all the time,” Francona said. “He laughs now. I don’t think it was too funny then. We had given him two days off in a row and played [Alex] Cora. And [then-bench coach Brad Mills] went up to him in the shower and said something like, ‘you’re playing tomorrow kid, let’s go.’ Pedey was scared to death of Millsy at the time which is funny now when you look back. He tells that story all the time. He goes, ‘I was kind of feeling it. And then that day in Minnesota he had a couple of hits and never turned back.”