I seriously almost died. He was with his wife and kids, at least I’m pretty sure it was his wife and kids.
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.”
The Francona-Pedroia relationship remains one of my favorite things in life.