Things are pretty good right now when it comes to being a New Englander. The Patriots are coming off their fourth Super Bowl win, the Bruins are finally turning into the team that people thought they would be at the beginning of the season, and best of all, Red Sox baseball is right around the corner.
Insert Dustin Pedroia. Arguably the second most important player on the Red Sox roster after David Ortiz, both as a leader, and as someone who is looked upon to produce on a nightly basis. After a down year last season in which he won a golden glove award, Pedroia will look to bounce back offensively.
Even if he may be slowly slipping away from his prime, Pedroia, 32, is still seen as a top five second basemen in the league. Going into the 2015 season, he also may be fully healthy for the first time in two years, a span in which he had three surgeries with two of them being on his left hand.
A motivated Dustin Pedroia, ready to show people wrong is exactly what this team needs. It has gone through many changes since the 2013 World Series title and Pedroia will be looked upon as a leader of this club.
“I plan on playing 162,” Pedroia said in an interview with John Abraham of the Boston Globe. “My body’s back. I feel strong. I’m lifting everything. Right back to normal,” he said. “I play how I play. That’s what makes me good . . . Obviously if I’m running to first base and I think I can get a hit if I dive, good chance I’m going to dive. We like hits. I fear nothing. I don’t care.”
With spring training right around the corner, Pedroia will look to add a third World Series ring to his collection and continue the good fortune for New England sports.