Dustin Pedroia took the advice "dress for the job you want" to another level.
Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora revealed this week during the spring training in Fort Myers, Florida, that Pedroia had recently sent him a video in which the veteran of the second baseman could be seen playing ball at a training session in Arizona. The twist? Pedroia participated in the drills while wearing the full Red Sox uniform and wearing a World Series 2018 crest.
So, why did Pedroia do that? The four-star All Star said Friday at JetBlue Park talking to reporters for the first time since arriving at the Red Sox's spring training.
"Yes, (Steve Murphy club member) Murph has sent me, I have to wear a corset when I play. I'm like, "Dude, I do not want to go to camp and …" I can not wear a corset on my pants, "said Pedroia, on WEEI.com." Let's not be ridiculous. 39, sent my pants and I donned my pants and I only had a shirt.I look like an idiot.I had my jersey of the World Series, so I said to myself: "Let's go." So I went to Chandler-Gilbert (High School) at the university, which was great. "
Pedroia, who had a knee surgery in October 2017, was limited to three games in late May before returning to the list of disabled players and missing the rest of the 2018 campaign. worn clothes at all during the Boston playoffs, which ended with a title of the world series.
It's fair to say that the 35-year-old has a huge chip on the shoulder in 2019. And although it's hard to predict what Pedroia will produce after being limited to 108 games over the course of two years. Last seasons, he wears a complete uniform at a high level. The Arizona school community suggests that its goal is to return to the Red Sox starting training and eventually to the Fall Classic. It would be crazy to count it.
"They thought the champions were in town," Pedroia said jokingly Friday when asked what the others thought of his full training. "I do not know what they thought."
Pedroia has been handicapped by injuries throughout his 13-year career. The Red Sox could use its stability in the middle of their battlefield, but it seems that the organization is optimistic: it will become a productive player after joining the starting lineup of Boston this season.
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