Dustin Pedroia: Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot

Evan BrunellFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2008

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, and then times got so good for Dustin Pedroia that even Yankee fans couldn’t remember the last time he made an out (at least it seemed).

In his first two seasons with the Boston Red Sox, a few things ring clear about Dustin Pedroia;

  1. He’s never met a fastball he didn’t think he could turn on.
  2. He swings at more high balls than most, but only because he’s so short
  3. He must be sick of hearing about his height
  4. He’s as rock solid a fielder as there is in baseball
  5. He commands the respect of everyone that crosses his path even though he’s as cocky as it comes
  6. When he’s cold, he’s cold
  7. But when he’s hot, he’s smoking hot

Last season is a story etched in stone: Gritty overachieving rookie gets the call, struggles mightily out of the gate, but a veteran manager sticks with the youngster and gets paid back in spades as the rook rakes for a month and settles in as a consistent .310+ hitter on his way to the Rookie of the Year award and a critical role in the Red Sox World Series run.

Let’s not forget the lead off home run to set the tone for the eventual sweep.