Maybe it would be winning another Most Valuable Player award. Or perhaps it could be career-highs in this or that statistical category. How about the Hall of Fame?
Dustin Pedroia will have none of it.
“I don’t set goals,” he fired back when asked about the chase for any tangible accomplishments.
He continued, “This is the main reason I don’t set goals: what if you set a goal that I want to steal 25 bases and then the first two months of the year I get 25 opportunities to run and I steal 25 bases in those first two months? Then what do I do? Do I go back to Arizona and hang out? In my opinion, that’s why I don’t do that. You stick to your process.”
There’s more. “This game is so result-oriented,” he added. “Everyone feels like everything has to be in line. If your starting pitcher makes a quality pitch and the guy knifes one over first base, that doesn’t mean his next pitch he has to change what he does. He doesn’t have to throw a little bit harder just because the guy got a bloop hit. If I stick to my approach and line out it doesn’t mean I’m going to come up in my next at-bat and hit like Gary Sheffield. … I show up that day to win. That’s it. That’s my goal. That’s the ultimate goal.”
Has he ever set goals?
“Never,” he said.
Posted: February 25, 2013 at 06:30 AM | 12 comment(s)
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