NO, NO I SAID HE’S AT SHORT
Friends, I don’t think you need me to tell you this is a crazy world. You’ve got Ron Artest of the Lakers admitting he drank French cognac at halftime of NBA games when he played in Chicago (MMMMM refreshing!!). There’s the situation in Florida where the former Swedish nanny whacked around the worlds’ most famous athlete with a golf club because he had several “transgressions”. Bobby Bowden pushed out at Florida State. The Patriots not showing up for their Monday Night meeting in New Orleans. One Florida Panther accidentally nearly decapitating another with his stick. The list goes on and on. And all this happened within the last week! You can’t make this stuff up. You don’t need to because it happens all the time. So forgive me if I yawn when Terry Francona talks about moving Dustin Pedroia from second base to shortstop. It’s not like we’re asking him to split the atom or cure cancer. Pedey was a standout shortstop at Arizona State University. The National Defensive Player of the Year while he was in Tempe, Pedroia succeeds because of the tremendous belief he has in himself. When the media approached Dustin about this possibility, he embraced it as if it was his newborn son, Dylan. “They’ve asked me if I think I can play shortstop.” Pedoria said in a recent interview. The Golden Glove second baseman continued- “They’ve put it out there and I’ve told them I’m all for it. I can do it. I can’t wait for Tito to call and ask ‘Can you do it?’ I can do it. In fact, I really want to do it.” While there are still other options, it would add another chapter to the improbable story of the kid from Woodland California, who has already been named the Rookie of the Year and the American League MVP. Listed at 5’9 and 180 pounds (probably both exaggerations) Pedroia has made a career out of proving the naysayers wrong. He is one of the most fascinating people I have ever met. I encourage you to read his biography “Born to Play”. Written by Ted Delaney, it offers insight to the man and why he has become so successful. It is in all bookstores and would make a great Christmas gift. My favorite part is on page 126. You’ll have to pick it up and read it to see why. Will the Sox move Pedey? It isn’t the ideal situation. He is one of the best second basemen in the game. But given what I have seen from the young man, he’d be a success no matter where he played.