Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia made his weekly appearance on The Big Show on Wednesday. Pedroia was asked if he expects the collapse in September 2011 and the subsequent fallout to be a major topic in spring training and if there is a still a feeling of unease after multiple offseason stories had unnamed team sources critical of both players and management.
"I've never been a part of something like that [last year], so some of that will be interesting," Pedroia said. "To be honest with you, if someone on our team was saying those things about other teammates that's a problem. And I honestly can't see any of our guys ratting out other teammates. That's over the line, I don't care who it was or what was going on or who had their source or what, as far as I'm concerned I'm showing up ready to play baseball. I don't care about any of the BS that's going on, the media, all that stuff is not going to affect how I go about my job. If they ask me a question about last year I'm just going to say 'Listen, it's 2012. Go to the archives, pal.' I really don't care, my job is go out here and help this team win and that's everyone else's job, too. I'm turning the page."
Asked for his goals for the 2012 season, Pedroia was quick to list the desire for a second World Series ring.
"I want, when I turn on SportsCenter, to see the Boston Red Sox being the first highlight," Pedroia said. "You know how they have all the championship teams when they do their [opening package]? I want to see me on one of those piles, going nuts. That's definitely my goal, to win the World Series. We have the talent and mindset to do that, so we have to just go out there and stay healthy and play the game the right way. "