Dustin Pedroia has been an Iron Man for the Sox this season, playing in all but one of the team's 129 games to date.
New York has its Lou Gehrig. Baltimore has its Cal Ripken, Jr. And cast from that same mold, Boston has its own Man of Iron in Dustin Pedroia.
Dependable, durable and an relentless demagogue both in the clubhouse and on the field, Pedroia has been one of the driving forces in Boston’s surprising worst-to-first turnaround in the American League East to date.
He’s not just the heart and soul of the Sox. He’s the churning guts. The chipped tooth. The scraped and bloodied knee.
Pedroia has played in all but one of Boston’s 129 games this season, despite having sufficient reasons to take a rest and ride the pine.
On opening Day he suffered a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb while sliding head-first into first base. Should have been out six to eight weeks. Not Pedroia. Played right through it....