DUSTIN PEDROIA: THOUGH HE BE BUT LITTLE, HE IS FIERCE !
Posted by athomeatfenway on November 13, 2007
That’s the line borrowed from Shakespeare by Red Pollard in the film Seabiscuit, a homage to the competitive heart that shocked the world by beating bigger, stronger and allegedly faster horses. This sums up how many of us feel about the way Dustin Pedroia handles a large bat while taking a too large swing for his size, which is generously listed at 5’9”. We Red Sox fans are proud. We’re bustin’ !
Pedroia doesn’t care that he is thought to be undersized. He heard it at every level of the minors while hitting .336, .324, and .305 on his way up. He oozes confidence and has great instincts. He has proven himself to be a dependable major league second baseman, to be a great team mate and a great glove man. He made the Sox all-time highlight reel when saving Clay Bucholz’s no-hitter with an impossible turn-and-fire snag behind second to retire a hustling Miguel Tejada. He only struck out 42 times this year, or once every 12 at bats, compared to once every 9 at bats by a 1939 Sox rookie who also showed great plate discipline — Theodore Samuel Williams. Does Dustin belong in Ted’s class ? Course not. Ted is Ted. But there’s something special about a kid that Bill James & Co. say is the most likely active Sox player to get a hit when swinging at a ball outside the strike zone – even better than David Ortiz.
Hearty Congrats to Dustin in beating out Hideki Okajima, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Joakim Sora, Brian Bannister, Jeremy Guthrie, Reggie Willits, and chief rival for the ROY, Delmon Young. Dustin, you’ve made us proud, and you will hear from us in April in person, at the old ballfield in Beantown.