Dustin Pedroia is in Fort Myers, which means spring training just became a whole lot more quotable. The Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy was trying to tell Pedroia about his unfortunate winter, and Pedey responded in a jokingly threatening manner. (He was joking, right?)
Me: "I broke my collarbone last month." Pedroia: "If you get smart with me, I'll break the other one.''— Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) February 21, 2015
Pedroia already knows some of his new teammates, like Hanley Ramirez, who had a nickname saved up for the diminutive keystoner:
Upon seeing Dustin Pedroia, his ex-minor league double-play partner for first time this spring, Hanley Ramirez exclaimed, "Smurf!" #RedSox— Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber) February 21, 2015
When asked about more serious business -- the new pace of play rules MLB and the MLBPA announced on Friday -- Pedroia had a practical response.
Pedroia is in the house, and drops a great line re pace of game: "I'm in no rush. My kids are in bed by 8."— Gordon Edes (@GordonEdes) February 21, 2015
And hey, this only sort of has to do with Pedroia since he's in the photo, but look whose beard has already grown back despite that cringe-worthy facial surgery!
It's good to have you back, Mike Napoli. You and that glorious beard. And Pedroia's jokes. Man I missed baseball.