CBS Boston reported today that Dustin Pedroia successfully underwent meniscus surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery for Spring Training.
If Pete has his facts straight, this means that Pedroia played in 18 games batting .238 with two HRs and nine RBIs, made lights-out defensive plays, all with a torn meniscus. This story is classic DP. Whether it's Jerry Remy talking about Dustin showing up at noon for a 6:00PM game, or stories of the countless hours he spends improving every aspect of his game, Dustin has dedicated his life to Baseball.
Check out his book, "Born to Play: My Life in the Game" if you get the chance. But it doesn't take an autobiography for fans to realize the grit and determination of the new most tenured member of the Boston Red Sox. There is nothing surprising about this story at all. I firmly believe that Pedroia could have two broken legs and still crawl out onto the field and make plays. That's who this guy is, and thats what Boston teams are all about. Remember back in 2013 when Patrice Bergeron played game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals with a punctured lung?
Boston is a city that loves the grinders, the Julian Edelmans, the Shawn Thortons, the Dustin Pedroias, the guys who have all the grit and determination that we see as a reflection of the City of Boston itself. This brings me to another question: When it's time, should the Red Sox retire number 15?
I think Dustin has a ways to go before he is ready to hang up his cap, but if he continues to be the player, and role model that he is, I believe that his resume of two-time World Champion, MVP, Gold Glover, All-Star, and Silver Slugger is more than enough to hang his number in Fenway permanently. Let us know what you think @BiasedBoston.