“We learned that if we told this kid he couldn’t do it, he was going to go ahead and show us that he could.”
—Pat Murphy, head baseball coach,
Arizona State University
“He’s going to be an elite player every year because pitchers will always make the mistake of trying to throw fastballs by him.”
—Mike Lowell, third baseman, Boston Red Sox
About the Author
During his brief career in the majors, Dustin Pedroia
has already won several awards including being named the 2007 American League Rookie of the Year and the 2008 American League MVP. Pedroia ended the 2008 season with a .326 average with 17 home runs, 83 RBIs, and 20 stolen bases. He was tied for the MLB in hits with 213 and led the league in doubles (54), while leading the AL in runs scored (118). In December 2008, Pedroia signed a six-year contract extension with the Red Sox.