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Red Sox Place Dustin Pedroia On The 60 Day Injured List


BOSTON, MA – OCTOBER 08: Dustin Pedroia #15 of the Boston Red Sox reacts in the second inning against the Houston Astros during game three of the American League Division Series at Fenway Park on October 8, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

I was barely on twitter yesterday until I came across these series of tweets. What did I find? Tweets about Pedroia going on the sixty day injured list and quotes about how he isn’t sure if he can every play again.

Talk about a brutal hit to my Memorial Day. Dustin Pedroia was my favorite player on the Red Sox after Manny left. The way he played the game, giving his body up on every single play, hustling out every ground ball. I loved it. I even tried to copy my style of play in high school after Pedroia. That’s the kind of player I wanted to be.

To see him try and come back from this major knee surgery was something we all expected him to do. He wasn’t just going to sit home and be like “yeah I’m done”

No, he wasn’t. He tried to come back last year and that was way to quick for his knee. Fast forward to this year, the Red Sox had a plan with him. Start him off slow and gradually build him up so he can play everyday and hit the mark of one hundred games. That didn’t work. Why? Because his knee hasn’t showed any signs of fully healing. Read the quotes for yourself, he can walk fine one day and then another day he can’t. The last game he came out of, the pain was too much, for him. A guy who played with a broken thumb in 2013, took himself out of the game.

It really sucks to see this. I was a big believer he was going to come back and help his team out. I guess I was wrong. I hope some how, some way I end up being right, but I have to start facing the reality that he won’t be back on the field.

And I honestly can’t believe all the fans who are saying all these bad things about Pedroia. Do you honestly think he’s okay with this? He’s okay with going out like this? Not on his own terms, not being able to play out the rest of his contract? And by god he deserves the rest of what he is owed from the Red Sox. This isn’t a debate. He took a hometown discount to stay with the team when he more than likely could of gotten more money on the open market. The reason his knee is so bad, is because he gave one hundred and ten percent on the field every day. He brought this team two World Series championships, won Rookie of the Year in 2007 and won the AL MVP the very next year. Not to mention the countless Gold Gloves he has.

Hopefully the next time we hear Dustin Pedroia news, it’s that he’s going back on a rehab assignment to test out the knee again. I doubt that will be the case. Like I said before, I have to start accepting that he may actually be done. In his own words today, he said he’s not sure if he’ll be able to play again. So while he takes a step back from baseball, I’ll be here holding out hope he can come back.

Even if that hope is going away day by day.

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