Red Sox to celebrate Dustin Pedroia in Yankees series at Fenway
Dustin Pedroia bids farewell to the Red Sox at Fenway Park
In a moment I think we were all hoping that would happen when this season was officially announced by the Red Sox. This afternoon, the organization said it will pay tribute to recently retired Dustin Pedroia on Friday, June 25 at Fenway Park. Two things will make this night even more special for the longtime second baseman, the Yankees will be in town and Fenway will be sold out.
When it was thought that his retirement was a possibility last year, it was a unanimous feeling that his last goodbye to his playing career would be wasted on an empty park. Now that the world seems to be back to normal and Massachusetts has returned to full capacity for events, now is the perfect time to get it on the calendar. Yanks first arriving in town in 2021 already lend themselves to a sold-out sale, but add that Pedey charm, and this place will set noise records.
Pedey made his debut with the club in late 2006, but really broke into the season during the 2007 season. Things didn’t get off to a hot start for the Boston legend and many fans demanded that he be. replaced by his teammate, Alex Cora. AC always handled the situation with class and made sure that the organization knew that Pedroia was the future and that she had to stay with him during his crisis.
Cora’s belief in the rookie paid off as Dustin finished the season with a 0.317 / 0.380 / 0.442 / 0.823 line with 8 homers, 39 doubles, 50 RBIs and 7 goals stolen. He would close the year by lifting the commissioner’s trophy as well as the rookie of the year award. It was truly a storybook to launch his career, but the Laser Show was not over. If 2007 was home fireworks, 2008 was July 4th at Disneyland.
Pedroia would dominate in 2008 and it wasn’t even close at all. His totals of 0.326 / 0.376 / 0.493 / .869 were off the charts while leading the AL in points (118) and the MLB overall in hits (213) and doubles (54). He would also improve his 2007 totals by crushing 17 home runs, scoring 83 points and dropping 20 sacks. The Dirt Dog was the runaway from the MVP AL while winning the Silver Slugger and Golden Glove honors. This season would also see him achieve his first of four All-Star nods.
When it comes to his place in history, he is the all-time second baseman for the Red Sox. The only man above him in the rankings is Bobby Doerr, who is one hell of a good company to be with. While it’s not clear if he will make it to Cooperstown, I wouldn’t be surprised to see his number finally retire to Fenway Park with the rest of the organization’s greats.
He would be a key factor in winning two World Series championships and, depending on who you talk to, a third if you count 2018. Although he barely played this season, he was still a voice and a presence within the world. ‘organization. He might not feel like he won that third championship ring, but he absolutely did it in my eyes thanks to his mentorship. Whether on or off the pitch, he’s always been a voice that can make those around him listen and get better.
What makes the timing of this ceremony even better is that he was an absolute beast when the Yankees were in the other dugout. His career numbers .294 / .356 / .422 / .778 against the Yankees are pretty darn good. He also reportedly crushed 46 doubles and 12 home runs while scoring 75 points and stealing 10 sacks. The only team he performed better against in the AL East was the Baltimore Orioles, which should come as no surprise.
Having “Dustin Pedroia Day” on a night when your team’s biggest rival is in town is essentially poetic. Although his career did not end the way he would have liked, he could at least play longer against the Yankees. Having Fenway Park crowded with fans hanging from the rafters is the perfect way to say goodbye to Pedey and his time with the Red Sox. The only way things could get better would be if Boston hit New York this weekend, but we have to take this round at a time.
Dustin Pedroia was all good and fair in baseball. He played every game like it was the last time he would be on the pitch. Unfortunately, it was this same style of play that sped up her time in the game and made her career much shorter than it ever should have ended. Knowing that he is happy and healthy with his family relieves the pain of the Red Sox Nation, but I’m sure we would all love to see him covered in dirt, smash bats and put on a laser show once more.