Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia may be asked by new skipper Bobby Valentine to hit in the leadoff spot this season. In the 2009 campaign, Pedroia notably struggled during a month-long stint as Boston’s everyday leadoff hitter, batting just .214. When asked on Monday what type of different approach he would take should he be asked to undertake that role again, the 2008 AL MVP got all philosophical and gave us this gem:
“I hit .214? It’s good because if they would have kept me in another 20 games I would have hit .414. Ride the wave. It’s a wave, dude, How’s a heart beat go? It goes up and down, just like baseball. If you flatline you’re dead. If you flatline in baseball, I’ve never seen it in baseball. Ride the wave, dude. Surf is up.
On that note, if somebody ate all the KFC in the Red Sox clubhouse, it was probably Dustin Pedroia.