You watch Pedroia the minute he gets here until the minute he leaves, and as a player, you’ll be like, I want to be like that. Because that’s how you take care of business. Pedroia, he’s a guy that he goes out there and plays the game 50 percent. He doesn’t need to be 100 percent to play the game. That tells you a lot. That’s a guy you want to have on your ballclub. Pedroia is a guy, you hear him screaming once in a while, talking trash or whatever, but that’s him. ‘I’m 5-foot tall, but I look like Godzilla when I go out there. Chase me.’ That’s a leader. That’s a guy I want to have around me.
I want to be a Red Sox my whole career, I want to be here during the World Series times, during the September collapse, the biggest trade, and I want to be here when we’re world champs again. I want that. I’ve been through times when not a writer said a bad thing about me, or the talk show hadn’t said a bad thing about me, and I want to be here when they say a bad thing about me. I look in the mirror every day and at the end of the season I’m going to look back and say I did everything I could to help us win. Were there parts I regret? Yeah, without question. There were a lot more than in the past, but I learned from those things. It’s going to make me better, I believe that. Yeah, I have to believe that. It’s going to.
From Gordon Edes on Twitter:
“Pedroia took photo of shirtless Tebow, pasted his head over Tebow’s, and hung it in his locker”
The first hundred games have been (expletive). We’re two games under .500. We’re the Boston Red Sox. If anyone’s thrilled about where we’re at, they need to reevaluate because I don’t like losing. I know everyone else doesn’t like losing. We’ve got to play better, man.
Hell yeah, I think we can (make a run). We’ve got to play good, man. That’s the bottom line. I still believe in us. You have to. The makeup of these guys, I feel like it’s only a matter of time. Hope we just don’t run out of it. We’ve got to go. We’ve got to play well. You know, I can’t speak for everyone. I feel that urgency. I’ve talked to a lot of guys. We all do. We need to win. That’s all we feel. Maybe that’s putting added pressure on guys to come out of their comfort zone and do things that they’re not capable of doing. Then, we need to take a step back and relax, but we’ve got to win, man.