Dustin Pedroia : Hear the Proud Papa on WEEI
Posted by athomeatfenway on December 24, 2009
Sometimes serious, sometimes poking fun, Dustin Pedroia entertains WEEI audiences every Saturday on WEEI’s The Laser Show, hosted by Mut & Bradford.
Here’s a sampling from the Dec. 19, 12 and 5th shows..
On what’s happening with son Dylan, who born on August 18.
“I went to the store yesterday and bought him a bat. He’s already swinging it. It’s one of those bats for 6 month olds. He’s 4 months old and he’s already raking with it. I want to tell you guys a quick story….he was sleeping and he’s starting to roll over, so I heard him on the baby monitor, and I got all nervous, so I go to his crib and he’s got the baby monitor in his hands above his head like he’s bench pressing it, and I’m like, This is awesome. So, I say, hey man, what are you doing ? And he throws the baby monitor at me. He threw it left handed, though, so I had to start him over, put it in his right hand and had him throw it again. So, we (Dylan & I) are ruining the baby monitor trying to play catch at 3 in the morning. He’s getting big. He’s starting to understand it. He’s a couple of months away from starting to take ground balls.”
On the Mike Lowell trade that was pending at that time:
“He is one of the closest guys to me on the team…a guy everyone looks up to…a huge clubhouse presence…what he’s done on the field speaks for itself. He’s played through injuries…he’s made me a better player every year….he’s been my best friend…he’ll be missed (if he leaves.)……I remember my rookie year when I was just trying to figure things out, get some hits, and I had gotten real close to batting .300, and Mikey looked at me and said, You’re turning yourself into a good player. Don’t ever stop. When you get two hits in a game, you’re always going for number 3. When you get 3 hits, you’re always going for number 4. He had never really talked to me like that before. He meant business. He wanted me to be better, and he thought I could be.”
On his own physical condition & stature:
“I am close to looking like Pocket Hercules, the bodybuilder, the guy who’s 4 ft 6” and lifts 700 pounds…yeah, that’s me. We still have 10 weeks to go before we put the finishing touches on the masterpiece, by the time I get to Fort Meyers, oh yeah, believe it, I’m going to be ready…..(I’ll be) tipping the scales at 168….but it’s a strong 168.”
On Marco Scutaro, starting shortstop for 2010:
“Last year, the (great) year that he had, he was all over us, he killed us all year, always on base, always scoring runs and making great defensive plays…he robbed me a few times and I was like Man, you have got to be kidding me…guys like that frustrate the other team….you hate playing against him, if that guy is on your team you have to love to have him….I’m glad he’s on our side now and I know he’s going to help us win a ton of games.”
On his own value for Fantasy League pickers:
“I see myself going in the first round. I know that everyone is saying that I had a down year, that my numbers weren’t close to when I had my MVP season, but guess what ? We are going to get back to that (year in 2008), Fantasy Team Owners. So tell your friends, First Round, Let’s Rock, we’re ready to win this year.”
On the bat he swings:
“I actually started out with a C243, which is cut similar to an aluminum bat, but I just go on feel and I’ve used the S318 for the last 3 years. At the beginning of 2009, I used an R161 which has a thicker handle, but I ended up going back to an S318. You just need to go with whatever bat feels comfortable in your hands. The more you hit with a bat, the better it feels.”
On what the Sox need for 2010:
“Our first priority in the off season is to sign Jason Bay. He’s been a huge part of our team the last year and a half, he’s gotten some big hits, he’s a huge bat in our lineup, he takes pressure off a lot of guys.”
On Big Papa in 2009 and 2010:
“David just got off to a real slow start…but if you look at his numbers after the first two months they are some of the best in the major leagues…if you look at his last four months there isn’t a guy who hit as many HR’s or drove in as many runs in the major leagues…I saw him at Torri Hunter’s charity event in Arizona and he just said, I’m ready to start early, I don’t want to get off to a slow start and have to play catch up the whole year, because that is mentally draining….he’ll be the first one to tell you that there were a lot of things that got under his skin last year, and starting slow was the biggest one of them.”
On playing in Beantown:
“The Red Sox drafted me and I want to play here my whole career. That’s obviously a goal for me. That’s where I want to be.”
On Jacoby Ellsbury — off the field:
“He’s a great guy. It takes sometime to open him up, and that’s part of my job, I’m all over him all of the time, trying to open him up, have some fun, put a smile on his face. Once he starts, he gives it right back. He’s just a normal guy. Likes to have fun, loves to play baseball, loves to win. He’s obviously an exciting player and he’s just coming into his own.”
TUNE IN AND ENJOY
I asked my wife if she had bought me a baseball present for Christmas and she replied, “Oh, I never think of baseball in the off season.”
I don’t understand how that can happen.
Perhaps you, too, are looking for added ways to enjoy the hot stove league.
To enjoy more of DP’s bright and fun loving personality, tune into WEEI on Saturdays at 2 p.m. EST. The broadcasts are also available on the station web-site. Follow the link below to the Dec. 19 broadcast: