If any player in the foreseeable future wears a ‘C’ for the Red Sox it will be Dustin Pedroia. Today Pedey reached a milestone age in his life as he turns 30, so I just wanted to take a second to appreciate what he’s done so far and where he’s going in his quest to be one of the great second baseman in Sox history.
In the 8 seasons since Pedroia debuted first wearing the taxi squad #64 jersey and now his customary #15 shirt he’s produced a World Series Championship and Rookie of the Year Award in 2007, a league MVP Award in 2008, 2 Gold Gloves, and 4 All-Star appearances. More importantly he’s been a core member at the heart of the Sox lineup and the team’s ups and downs are in tune with the success of their small-framed second baseman. His 98 home runs and 478 RBI’s have been crucial to this team’s success since he’s came in to the league, don’t get me wrong, but he will also be remembered for his personality and his approach to the game.
Today, Dusty Two-Sacks turns 30. Like the signal caller in Foxboro, Red Sox Nation is hoping that Pedroia will also have a very productive career after he hits an age that was once considered “OLD”. The Sox front office is expecting the same kind of production, as evidenced by the 8 year, $110 million contract extension that will keep him in the Fenway infield through 2021. It remains to be seen how many “La Luna’s” will be produced and if this franchise will be able to repeat the October success that they experienced in his first full season again, but I do know one thing: It is fun to have Dustin around.
Happy Birthday, Pedey!