Dear Dustin Pedroia,
Here is a sincere thanks to what you have meant to be and Red Sox Nation since you entered the 18 years ago. You have proven that no matter your size, your athleticism, or your background, you can dominate at any level you want to, as long as you have the heart to do it.
You have illustrated what it means to have the ultimate desire to be great and you watched as critics and haters crumbled as you blazed past them; picking up a Rookie of the Year, MVP, multiple Gold Gloves, Silver Slugger Award, All-Star Game nods, and most importantly, three World Series trophies along the way.
Looking Back at Dustin Pedroia
I remember being a 10-year-old and deciding you were going to be my favorite player. You were hitting in the high .100s during your rookie season during an April game in 2007. You hit an absolute laser shot off the Green Monster and it should have been a single for any other of the 17 guys in the two lineups that day. Not for you. You hustled around first and charged for second, coming in under the tag.
Later that same season, I made my first trip to Fenway Park. That moment for anyone, especially a kid who loves baseball is special. But you went above and beyond and put on a show that I’ll never forget. You went 5-5, nearly hitting for the cycle and raised your batting average to over .300. It was the first time in my life that I looked at a player and without knowing much, I knew he was going to be great.
That was you. I changed my baseball number to yours. I started using your stance at-bat. And in every little league game, travel weekend, and high school game from that point on, I adopted the attitude that you and that got you so far. You are one of the greatest Red Sox players to ever call Fenway Park home and you are an integral reason why the Sox won three World Series over an 11-year period.
Even if you weren’t as involved as much in the 2018 run, there is no doubt that the presence you had on the team was there. It was a Sox team that was never out of the game, always fought and crawled back, and proved everyone wrong along the way. If anything that 2018 team was a testament to who you were and what you stand for.
It will be weird not seeing Dustin Pedroia bat in the two positions ever again. It will be weird not hearing Don Orsillo yell “La Luna’ when you hit a homerun. These are things we have grown accustomed to over the years but there was always a slim hope that those days would be back.
There will never be a second baseman in Sox history that will dive for balls behind short and make the play or show the fire that you had on every given play.
Thank you, Dustin.
By: Matt Lively CruelFan.com