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Monday, February 22, 2010

Abraham: Pedroia comes out swinging

Pedroia was swingin’, Pedroia was wingin’
He’s gonna punch your face.

Dustin Pedroia has heard the Red Sox are changing into a team geared more to preventing runs than scoring them. The notion caused him to wince during a boisterous exchange with reporters yesterday morning.

“I don’t even buy into that stuff. We have great pitching, we have great defense, and we have good offensive players,’’ he said. “I don’t even know what run prevention is. I’m a baseball player. I don’t know how to read very good; I don’t know how to write very good. We just go play, man. That’s it. We’ll be fine.’’

Those words won’t endear Pedroia to his instructors at Woodland High or Arizona State. But in his own inimitable way, he has a point. The Sox are not without resources at the plate.

“Everyone is going to have good at-bats and put them together in a row to score a lot of runs. We’ll do that. We’ll be better than a lot of people think,’’ said Pedroia, pointing out that Marco Scutaro scored 100 runs for Toronto last season and is projected for the lower third of the Sox’ order.

“The only thing I care about is if we score more runs than them,’’ said Pedroia. “They need to put a statistic on that. It’s called wins and losses. That’s the only thing I think anybody around here cares about.’’

Repoz Posted: February 22, 2010 at 11:59 AM | 9 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: projections, red sox, sabermetrics

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   1. Tricky Dick Posted: February 22, 2010 at 02:13 PM (#3464945)
Hey, I like that quote from Pedroia. It's funny and has some truth to it at the same time.
   2. RJ in TO Posted: February 22, 2010 at 02:20 PM (#3464948)
At least they got that quote from Pedrioa. If it was from Papelbon, they wouldn't have needed to wait to hear the "very good" part.
   3. Dale Sams Posted: February 22, 2010 at 02:28 PM (#3464954)
Old School Baby!!

And yes...if Papelbon had said it, it would just be more fuel for the haters.
   4. Shooty would run in but these bone spurs hurt! Posted: February 22, 2010 at 02:46 PM (#3464963)
And yes...if Papelbon had said it, it would just be more fuel for the haters.

Papelbon isn't capable of that kind of coherency. Pedroia isn't all that likable anyway.
   5. Athletic Supporter is USDA certified lean Posted: February 22, 2010 at 03:36 PM (#3465012)
How many MVPs do you know that can't read?
   6. zachtoma Posted: February 22, 2010 at 04:03 PM (#3465070)
How many MVPs do you know that can't read?


http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jacksjo01.shtml?redir

Dang, only one 2nd place finish in the Chalmers Award voting.
   7. Joel W Posted: February 22, 2010 at 06:12 PM (#3465244)
Very well, Dustin, you don't read very well.
   8. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: February 22, 2010 at 09:46 PM (#3465483)
I don't think Arizona State will be using these quotes on their website.
   9. Jose Has Absurd Goosebump Arms Posted: February 22, 2010 at 10:25 PM (#3465525)
I don't know what Peter Abraham's rep is but I've found his stuff to be pretty good since he came to the Globe last year. He gets bonus points for starting his blog post about Ortiz with this;

Warning: This is the standard "Aging player reports to camp in great shape" story. Take it for what it's worth, which isn't much. If being in shape meant you could play baseball, Jack LaLanne would have been another Willie Mays.

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