Dustin to Dylan Pedroia: It’s not the size of the dog in the fight.
Posted by athomeatfenway on August 25, 2009
You delivered a Championship and the ROY Award in your first year.
You won the A.L. MVP Award in your second.
What do you do for an encore ?
If you are Dustin Pedroia and your wife, Kelli, you top it all and have a little baby on August 18.
You go immediately on a tear, batting .476 with 5 runs, 4 RBI and 2 stolen bases in the next 5 games. You prove the continuum of life itself will drive you.
Maybe Dustin’s streak foreshadows good things for Dylan’s own baseball career.
No doubt, Dustin is even now thinking about what he will teach Dylan, what words he will use to inspire him, push him.
There are many reasons for optimism here.
Little Dylan Pedroia has the same birthday as Roberto Clemente.
Forgetting for a moment that Denis Leary, Fat Lever and Masta Killa also were born on August 18, I would say that Dylan’s birthday definitely improves his chances of going pro.
And Dylan’s gene pool is up to the challenge. Grandpa was a fine ballplayer.
Grandma, who was an amateur tennis champion in her teens, is the genetic map to Dustin’s tremendous eye-hand coordination and competitiveness.
Dylan may have a shot.
The precedents of multi-generation MLB’ers are multiple.
There have been over 100 Father-Son combinations, including, but not limited to: Max and Hal Lanier, Todd & Randy Hundley, Jim & Queenie O’Rourke, Connie & Earle Mack, Tito & Terry Francona, Jim and Mike Hegan, The Bagbys, The Armas men, The Stottlemyres, The Alomars, The Alous, The Barfields, and The Bannisters, The Sislers and The Gwynns.
Then there are the ones you know by their first names.
Barry and Bobby. They combined for 1,094 HR’s, 4,891 hits, 975 stolen bases and 10,000 tons of ego. Not counting Barry’s cousin, Reggie Jackson.
Cecil & Prince. Will they challenge the Bonds family ? They sit at 466 HR’s and are in no way related to Fielder Jones of the 1906 White Sox.
Yogi & Dale. One’s a chortler. The other’s a snortler. One’s got MVP’s, the other has DUI’s. One snaps off the quick lines, the other snarfs up the white ones.
Sorry, Yogi. You’re 84. You don’t need to hear this.
Junior and his Dad. They combined (to date) with 776 HR’s, 4,892 Hits, and 2,664 RBI. They are friends with Stan Musial. Ken, Sr. all but invented the infield hit. They’ve never offended anyone. And they have one more hit than the Bonds family. I love these guys.
Whatever the future holds, a few things are certain.
Barry Bonds will not hear from his Dad again. Bobby passed in 2003.
Prince and Cecil no longer speak, either. Prince cut off Dad when he took $200,000 of his $1.4 Million signing bonus in 2002.
Whatever Yogi might say to Dale, you can trust that it will be said with humor and honesty.
It’s impossible to know what Dustin may say to Dylan one day. But one thing is certain.
Dylan will never hear his father say, “Sorry, son, but you’re too small to do that.”