Found June 25, 2012 on
With the changing of the guard at Fenway Park we have seen also the changing of the socks.
For many years Jason Varitek, known for his notable big C on the chest, was dubbed official â€śCaptainâ€ť of the team. One of the unwritten signs he was the old fashioned task master was the way he wore his red stockings.
Varitek kept them like knee socks. High and red were his hose, kept as did Carleton Fisk so many years earlier. It was a sign of a no-nonsense, old-fashioned player.
Younger, more relaxed Red Sox players have no sign of red stockings to be seen. A flash of red seems to have gone the way of the horse-and-buggy for modern ball players.
Yet, this season, the new addition of Cody Ross brought back the old-fashioned look of a leader. He wore his socks proudly at the knee. That is, until yesterday.
We thought we were looking at Ross, but to our amazement, it was Dustin Pedroia. For the first time that we can recall in our collective memory, he wore the uplifted knicker...
BEST OF MAXIM
BOSTON â€“â€“ This could the jumpstart that Dustin Pedroia needed. Since returning on June 5 â€“â€“ after missing six games with a torn adductor muscle in his thumb â€“â€“ Pedroia has sputtered at the plate, collecting just nine hits through 14 games heading into Saturday's 8-4 win over the Braves. But he finally exploded on Saturday, going 3-for-4 with two RBIs. In his second...
Dustin Pedroia was struggling for a bit over the last couple of weeks, but he's now showing signs that he's back into the swing of things. Good thing, because we were certainly getting a little worried about how healthy his thumb was. With a two-out, two-run single in the bottom of the seventh, Pedroia did more than give the Red Sox the lead they needed to beat the Blue Jays...
Editor's note: NESN.com is going to tell the story of the 2012 Red Sox in Bobby Valentineâ€™s words. Each game day, we will select the best Valentine quote that sums up the day for the Red Sox. Dustin Pedroia finally had a major break through on Tuesday night, and it looks like the second baseman is regaining his All-Star form. Pedroia, who has finally settled back in at the...
Editor's note: NESN.com is going to tell the story of the 2012 Red Sox in Bobby Valentineâ€™s words. Each game day, we will select the best Valentine quote that sums up the day for the Red Sox. It's the little things that seem to feel different right before busting out of a slump. It's just a little more comfort in the batter's box, maybe taking a pitch just off the...
Kevin Youkilis and Dustin Pedroia have spent most of their major league careers together, and, of course, they won a World Series title together in 2007. So, after Youkilis was traded to the Chicago White Sox on Sunday, Pedroia felt it was the right time to share some feelings on his fellow infielder. When asked what he told Youkilis after he came off the field in the seventh inning...
Dustin Pedroia deals with a lot of expectations as the Red Sox' second baseman, but nothing beats what young children want to hear from the Boston star. The kids have all kinds of questions for Pedroia on Red Sox Small Talk, including who Pedroia's best friend is. Pedroia's answer is just a little different than what would be expected after Jarrod Saltalamacchia said...
With all due respect to Dustin Pedroia, for much of the past 9 seasons, Kevin Youkilis was the heart and soul of the Boston Red Sox. He played hard, he played hurt, and will be forever remembered by Red Sox fans for his unique stance in the batter's box and the perspiration pouring down from under his batting helmet.Sunday, Youkilis (pictured) hit an RBI triple in the 7th inning...
BOSTON â€“â€“ The Red Sox haven't recently converted in these situations. Facing deficits, Boston hasn't spearheaded the comebacks. But in Tuesday's 5-1 victory, the offense still showed a penchant for overcoming obstacles, delivering a combined five runs in the seventh and eighth innings to rally for the win. Unlike last week â€“â€“ when he was mired in a slump â€“â...
BOSTON -- It was an emotional moment for the Red Sox organization. As Kevin Youkilis exited Sunday's game at Fenway Park for the final time as a member of the Red Sox, the team collectively walked to front of the dugout steps and embraced him -- one by one. And after a brief curtain call, Youkilis was gone. The third baseman was shipped off to the White Sox, ending his nine-year...
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His job security at third base is now as tight as Dustin Pedroia [stats]â€™s at second base and Adrian Gonzalezâ€™ at first.
Youkilisâ€™ whereabouts no longer have an impact on the daily...
The mortal battle for the AL East basement once again swung to Toronto as the Sox toppled the Blue Jays bullpen in tonight's 5-1 win.
Toronto held a 1-0 lead until the 7th inning, when Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his 14th homer of the season. The Sox kept their foot on the gas and Dustin Pedroia knocked in two runs to give Boston the lead. Next inning, Adrian Gonzalez hit an RBI...
"It's tough because I know how hard he's played and he's given everything he has in every game he's ever put on a Red Sox uniform.Â I wanted to go out and play hard just like he does. He's always out there trying his best to do whatever he can to help us win and I appreciate him so much for that."
-Dustin Pedroia on Kevin Youkilis getting traded.
After every series, we'll take stock of how each individual and group performance affects their overall value.
Daniel Nava: Nava looked pretty good in the series and was a big contributor, hitting 2 doubles and knocking in 4 runs.
Dustin Pedroia: Pedey started off slow, going 0-for-4 in game 1. He finally got his act together and finished the series 4-for-7 with a pair...
Time: 7:10 p.m.
TV/Radio: NESN / WEEI
Red Sox (38-34)
Daniel Nava, LF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
David Ortiz, DH
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Will Middlebrooks, 3B
Cody Ross, RF
Ryan Kalish, CF
Nick Punto, SS
Pitching: LHP Felix Doubront (8-3, 4.31)
Blue Jays (37-35)
Pitching: RHP Henderson Alvarez (3-6, 4.30)
As weÂ traipseÂ our way through the diamond we find a position where there are a lot of quality players. Second base has become one of the more high profile positions in recent seasons with the addition of several very young and very talented prospects. Some of them didnâ€™t even make the top ten, but they will be heard from before all is said and done.
10. Dustin Pedroiaâ€“...