|‘Firecracker’ Dustin Pedroia puts a charge into Red Sox at just the right time||07.30.12 at 11:55 pm ET|
Forget the trade deadline for a moment.
Dustin Pedroia has been hotter than any Red Sox trade rumor.
As a matter of fact, he may be one of the key reasons Red Sox management believes they have a legitimate shot at making a postseason run.
With Monday’s game tied, 2-2, with the Tigers, one of the many teams ahead of the Red Sox in the AL wild card chase, Pedroia took a Max Scherzer fastball and crushed it over the Green Monster, with Carl Crawford aboard. The Red Sox led 4-2 and would not look back in a 7-3 win Monday night.
“I just try to get a good pitch to hit,” Pedroia said. “He was tough. He was on the corners. He’s got great stuff and I was just trying to get a pitch I could handle and get the barrel on it.”
Pedroia’s ninth homer of 2012 came in his 800th major league game and his first at Fenway since May 10. He has homered in three of his last five games and has four long balls in July after none in his previous 40 games.
[Click here to listen to Dustin Pedroia talk after Monday's win over the Tigers.]
“I feel good, I feel good,” Pedroia said. “I just have to keep going. It’s a long year and we have a long way to go. I’m just concentrating on helping the team win ball games.”
Pedroia’s not just helping the Sox win games, he getting the team revved up, just like he promised early in the season, just like he called out his teammates after losing Friday night in New York. He’s not letting his team take anything lightly. And they’re paying attention.
“It’s awesome,” said Will Middlebrooks, who followed suit with a two-run shot of his own in the eighth. “It’s gets him fired up. And when he gets fired up, we get fired up so it’s been fun to watch. More than you know. He’s a firecracker. So, it’s fun to have a guy like that. It pushed everybody.”
The Red Sox sit 52-51, again over .500 and again with a flicker of hope that their season won’t flame out like a Roman candle.
“We just have to play hard, keep playing. We’ll look up at the end and see where we’re at,” Pedroia said, adding he’s going to spend time with his soon-to-be three-year-old son, Dylan, and not pay attention to trade rumors in the next 12 hours.
“I’m not going to go home and stare at the TV or anything,” Pedroia said. “I have to go play with some “Thomas The Train” and stuff like that.”
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