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Thank You Dustin Pedroia

by Kelan Donahue

Thank you, Dustin Pedroia. Thank you for your five homers and 13 RBIs. Thank you for having an on-base percentage of more than .400. Thank you for your extremely high OPS (1.159 before the series finale with the Rays) and 37 total bases. Thank you for your gritty, error-free defense. Thank you for being the only player on the team to show up in April.

Without you, we would have jumped from that ledge, or kicked out that stool long ago, trying to silence those front-office quotes of alleged pitching and defense that jumbled through our heads.

Without you, we would be questioning our offense.

Without you, we would be wondering where the on-base machine that is J.D. Drew went this season and why he took one of the best outfield arms in the American League with him. We would be wondering why he was striking out more than 40% of the time, and only walking 11%.

Without you, we would be wondering whether it was called designated hitter or designated out. We would be wondering why there was a spot in the lineup that had struck out 17 times in 52 plate appearances. A spot in the lineup that is supposed to be feared but had produced zero homeruns with two RBIs.

Without you, we would be wondering why our backup catcher, a player who lost his swing several years ago, was leading everyone on the team not named Pedroia in home runs with three.

Without you, we would be wondering how manager Terry Francona could have put together eight different offensive lineups that all suck equally.

Without you, we would be questioning our starting pitching.

Without you, we would be wondering what happened to pre-season Cy Young favorite Jon Lester and his 0-2 record. We would be wondering how he had allowed 15 runs in 16 innings.

Without you, we would be wondering how Boston’s “Big Three” starting pitchers had won two games this season in nine appearances.

Without you, we would be questioning our bullpen.

Without you, we would be wondering how Jonathan Papelbon had a K/9 (strikeouts per nine innings) of 3.38 when he has a career mark of more than 10. We would be wondering why journeyman Jon Rauch had twice as many saves as our star closer.

Without you, we would be wondering what Ramon Ramirez and his ERA of 9.00 was doing on the Red Sox roster.

Without you, we would be questioning our defense.

Without you, we would be wondering how this team built around defense could have a fielding percentage of .980, which was good enough for 11th in the AL

Without you, we would be wondering why Bill Hall is starting in center field.

Without you, we would be wondering how our prized prospect, Ryan Westmoreland, was recovering from surgery to remove a cavernous malformation from his brain stem. We would be wondering how this freak occurrence happened in a year where the top-rated prospect and future center fielder could be getting major league at-bats on a regular basis.

Without you, we would be wondering how catcher Victor Martinez had caught one base runner in 13 stolen base attempts yet had a better percentage than Jason Varitek. We would be wondering how it was physically possible to successfully swipe 21 bases in 22 attempts against one team.

Without you, we would be wondering where the bulk of this $160 million payroll was being torpedoed. We would be wondering how we had gone from perennial playoff contender to the Mets in just one year.

Without you, we would be wondering how this Red Sox team would be able to come back from a 4-9 record and six games back of the Tampa Bay Rays. We would be wondering how the Red Sox would be able to come back from 5.5 games to the New York Yankees.

Without you, we would be wondering how only Baltimore has a worse run differential in the AL.

Without you, Dustin Pedroia, we would be questioning this season. So on behalf of Red Sox Nation, thank you.

2 comments:

  1. Let's see how they do against the Angels

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  2. Without you, I would be a Red Sox fan in the dark.

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