|‘Pedro, Pedro, Pedro’ chants humble Pedro Ciriaco after breakout game: ‘I’m here for my glove’||07.08.12 at 12:21 am ET|
The chants were commonplace at Fenway Park throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s as Red Sox fans expressed their love and adoration of Pedro Martinez with constant cheers of “Pedro, Pedro, Pedro” whenever he would appear on the diamond.
Those chants were reprised on Saturday night for another Dominican namesake as Pedro Ciriaco had four hits, drove in four runs, produced the go-ahead three-run double and turned in a pair of stellar plays at shortstop in Boston’s 9-5 win over the Yankees that earned the Red Sox a badly needed split of the day-night doubleheader.
“I don’t think I’m that Pedro,” Ciriaco said with a laugh after his breakout game. “But it was really fun for me. Everybody saying my name, it’s amazing.”
The 26-year-old slick-fielding infielder hails from San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic, the hotbed of talent that gave Boston and baseball Pedro Martinez.
“It’s a great feeling,” Ciriaco said. “We got a win tonight. They gave me a second chance and I took advantage of it.”
The Red Sox chipped away with single runs in the third and fifth before finally knocking out starter and loser Phil Hughes (9-7) in the sixth. The Red Sox loaded the bases thanks to one of three hits on the night from Adrian Gonzalez and a key error from Derek Jeter. Ciriaco drilled the first pitch from Hughes past a diving Laynce Nix at third for a three-run double. It was the last pitch Hughes threw on the night.
“I saw the ball pretty good tonight and I just tried to be simple, just try to keep my approach to the middle [of the field],” Ciriaco said.
Ironically, his biggest hit went down the left field line past Nix.
“I said in my mind, in this situation I have to be aggressive, look for my pitch and not try to do too much,” Ciriaco said.
Now the question is, what happens to Ciriaco when Will Middlebrooks, Dustin Pedroia, Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford all return? It’s a question Ciriaco will leave for another day, adding he’s not worried about that now.
“Not really,” he said. “I’m just trying to work and have fun here and help the team win ballgames. I think I’m here for my glove. When you play defense, defense wins ballgames. I just try to be solid and consistent in my defense.”
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