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Bobby Valentine has been reminded Dustin Pedroia is really good

04.29.12 at 2:08 pm ET
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CHICAGO ‘€“ For Bobby Valentine, the last few days have been part revelation, part reminder.

That’€™s what watching Dustin Pedroia during the Red Sox‘€™ current six-game win streak has done for the manager.

‘€œYou know what, during this little road trip here, Dustin has played great defense. Just ‘€¦ I guess you guys are used to it. I haven’€™t seen it,’€ Valentine said prior to his team’€™s series finale against the White Sox. ‘€œHe comes up with a big play, or two or three, that are spectacular. Unbelievable. He’€™s special.’€

In the past two games, Pedroia has made the top two defensive plays of the road swing, one on a grounder up the middle Friday, and the other via a pop-up down the line he had to leave his feet for.

‘€œYou know, I talked about him last year, as everyone did, for an MVP. Seeing it is believing it,’€ Valentine said.

And while Valentine wouldn’€™t yet classify Pedroia as the best defensive second basemen he has managed to date (citing Roberto Alomar as a pretty good one), he did recognize that Pedroia’€™s voice in the clubhouse might be unique from anything he has been a part of.

‘€œIt’€™s amazing. It’€™s amazing,’€ Valentine said. ‘€œConsistently amazing. It’€™s unbelievable. He’€™s in there with the guys, so I only get echoes. If I’€™m in the dugout with him early or out early, it’€™s fun. It’€™s always baseball. How could it not be fun?’€

‘€œIt’€™s what he wants to be doing. It’€™s great. Passion and commitment, right? He’€™s got it.’€

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