When it came to talking about Pedroia, Francona took turns praising and playfully chastising his former second baseman.
“He’s the most special player I’ve ever been around,” Francona said. “With that little beard he’s sporting, he looks like a muskrat. He wakes up in the morning to win the game.”
What were Francona’s first impressions of Pedroia when he was trying to work his way up the Minor League ladder?
“He was short and fat and had a long swing,” laughed Francona.
But Pedroia had his chance to get a little dig in during an interview with ESPN’s Buster Olney that aired just before the game.
“I’ve been with Tito for a long time — five years,” Pedroia said. “Tito taught me so much about how to be respectful and do things the right way. I’m grateful for that. But he’s still not the sharpest knife in the drawer.”
“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.”—Henry David Thoreau (via middlenameconfused)