WHY DUSTIN PEDROIA IS SO INTERESTING

How much did he hold the attention of the Boston sports fan?
Perhaps no player in Boston sports exudes the will to win like Pedroia, a trait that has endeared himself to Red Sox fans since becoming a full-time major leaguer in 2007. Couple that the uniquely confident vibe he presents throughout the Red Sox clubhouse and its meant increased interest in Pedroia's every move.

How big was his impact for his team/organization?
In seasons where Pedroia has played 139 games or more, the Red Sox have made the postseason. The one he didn't, last season, the absence of glaring. The second baseman is not only an integral piece of the Sox' infield defense (a Gold Glove will do that), but has the ability to hit anywhere from No. 1 to No. 4 in the lineup.

How much would he be missed if he wasn't here?
The Red Sox found out in 2010. Pedroia would end up playing 75 games -- hitting .288 -- but just as he got going (going 25-for-50 in his last 13 games before suffering a broken foot), the 27-year-old's season was derailed. With Pedroia in the lineup, the Red Sox went 45-30, and just 44-43 without him.

How much buzz does he create around the water cooler?
More often than not, the buzz created by Pedroia is due to something he did on the field, such as save Clay Buchholz' no-hitter with perhaps the defensive play of the 2007 season. But occasionally the boisterous product of Woodland, Calif. and Arizona State will put on a display of personality that offers sound bytes that will last for weeks.

How much emotion does the mere mention of his name evoke?
In some corners, Pedroia has been considered once of the faces of the Red Sox franchise. Among his teammates, the second baseman was deemed a leader in the clubhouse, with the public perception suggesting that he is one of the key catalysts in making the Sox go. Because of personality and performance, he has become one of the most popular Red Sox players in the last decade.

How hard would he be to replace?
Replacing Pedroia's production when he was sidelined was difficult enough, but the versatility he brought also proved difficult to fill in for. J.D. Drew filled in at the No. 2 spot the most in Pedroia's absence, hitting just .231 in the two-hole. Conversely, the All-Star second baseman hit .292 in 68 games.

How polarizing is he to the city?
With each passing year, Boston has embraced Pedroia more and more as one of the few players it would want to represent their existence in professional sports.

How polarizing is he to his team?
Pedroia presents a dynamic in the Red Sox' clubhouse that would be unique to any team, offering his voice in all corners of the locker room -- from rookies, to pitchers, to hitters, to coaches, and, of course, the manager. Without Pedroia's presence, the team dynamic simply isn't nearly as electric as when he is willing his personality throughout a 162-game season.

Dustin Pedroia

Audio Clips

  • Sean Casey on Pedroia

    Sean Casey talks about Dustin Pedroia as one of the most interesting people in Boston sports and what he thinks the Red Sox should do this off-season

  • Dustin Pedroia on the Big Show

    Dustin joined the Big Show to talk about how his foot rehabilitation is coming, and to announce that the off-season 'Laser Show' is coming to the Big Show on Wednesdays this fall.

  • The Laser Show with Dustin Pedroia - 02/06/10

    Dustin joins Mut and Bradford for his weekly appearance on the Laser Show. Dustin talks to the guys about getting closer to re-joining his teammates at spring training, what he has done to make Marco Scutaro feel comfortable with the Red Sox, and where he would prefer to bat in the lineup.

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