Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Why Dustin Pedroia Is The Consummate Gamer

The Muddy Chicken
Everybody knows about the relentless hustle Dustin Pedroia shows on the field. And we're all aware of the maniacal leadership he displays in the clubhouse. But sometimes it's the little things that show his true value to the team. This morning on WEEI's Dennis & Callahan (Featuring Minihane) Morning Show, Pedroia was discussing the need to give 100% all the time—even when you're hurt (as he has been most of the last two years). He recalled that in 2011 his Carmine Hose missed the playoffs by just one game —winning 90 times but only playing golf in October. If someone on the team had given just a little more in any one of that season's 162 games, maybe they make the "tournament". So, on this March morning in 2015—he's still agonizing over a missed opportunity four years ago. This is the mentality that makes Pedroia great.