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Thanks to airport chaos, Dustin Pedroia sprints for first time since surgery

12.16.10 at 8:36 am ET
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Appearing on The Big Show Wednesday afternoon, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia explained how an airport mix-up allowed him to sprint on his surgically-repaired left foot for the first time since the operation.

Traveling back from vacation with his family, along with the family of Dodgers’ outfielder Andre Ethier, Pedroia was having a difficult time getting his entire group through customs, making it difficult to make its flight on time.

“They wanted me, who just got cleared to jog, to sprint to the gate, which is on the other side of the airport, to hold the plane up,” Pedroia said. “So I’m sprinting, testing out my foot with my shoelaces untied, holding my 30-pound son — by the way, my foot felt phenomenal — sprinting through the airport, and I get to the gate, and I’m like, ‘Ma’am, did the flight leave?’ She said, ‘I’m going to give you three minutes.’ I’m like, ‘There’s no way.’ Andre’s kid is a little bigger than [Pedroia's son] Dylan and he’s running everywhere. Two seconds later, the pilot comes off the plane and goes, ‘We’ve got a situation.’ I thought, ‘Jeez, now we’re definitely staying here.’

“She pulls off this couple. Some woman was beating the [expletive] out of her husband on the plane. They pull those two off. This guy has a bloody face. He must have smarted off or something. The flight was delayed 30 minutes, and we got to get on the flight. I almost high-fived everybody. It was awesome.”

“It was out of control. We ended up getting on. I was more pumped my foot felt good from sprinting with a 30-pound kid on me. We got on the flight. I was pumped. It was a good day.”

Asked how the foot felt after the unexpected exercise, Pedroia came away optimistic.

“I woke up and wanted to go run more, but I’ve got to kind of take it easy,” he said. “But it was fun.”

Pedroia also talked about where he might hit in the lineup now the Red Sox have added first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford.

“I actually texted Tito [Francona],” he said. “I said, ‘€˜Tito, I’€™ve been with the Red Sox four years now, and this might be the first time you have to manage. You might have to think about the lineup you’€™re going to throw out there.’€™

“I don’€™t think it matters. I texted Carl a little bit. I don’€™t care where I hit. He doesn’€™t care. Neither does Ells. We want to win. The more good players we have, the better off our team is going to be.”

To listen to the interview, click here. For more Red Sox coverage, see the team page at weei.com/redsox.

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