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“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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; 3.7.2010 edition edition (April 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439157766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439157763
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #365,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The story of the engine that could. I bought this book since I am a die-hard Red Sox fan and Pedroia follower, however this is the kind of stuff anyone would like hearing. Everyone said he was too small, too slow, too whatever, Dustin proves that hard work and determination will get you anything you put your heart and soul into. In my opinion I believe Dustin already had the best work ethic in baseball, this just makes me appreciate him that much more. Thanks so much Dustin for sharing your story.
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By Shane 10/23/12
The book Dustin Pedroia:Born to Play is about the Boston Red Sox second basemen Dustin Pedroia and his life as a little boy growing up through high school and college and becoming a major league baseball star. This book tells so many different things about Dustin Pedroia you never thought that you'd find out in your life. It tells you the injuries that he had, the things he did to become a pro, and about the different paths that he took growing up to become one of the best in the MLB. Some things that I thought that I'd never find out about Dustin are that he broke his knee by playing football even though his football coach said that by playing football it wouldn't screw up his baseball career in anyway. Another thing was that he was a San Francisco Giants fan when he was a little kid and he knew barely anything about the Boston Red Sox.
This book one of the best books I've ever read. I say this because Dustin Pedroia is one of my favorite baseball players and to find out all of this information about him is something I've been trying to figure out for a while and this book gives me all of the information I could ever want. Good things about this book are that it tells you all sorts of cool information about him. It is written by Dustin so it's not someone's information that they got from some website or some random person, it's from him so you get everything that actually happened and the exact details that came from the person who experienced the actual event. Some bad things about the book are that it may carry on with a topic for a little longer than you might like it to,otherwise, I don't think that this book has a lot of bad things about it.
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I bought this for someone else as a gift, so I did not read it myself, but the recipient certainly loved it (she is a huge Red Sox fan to begin with, anyway.) We both like to watch Pedroia play...we are late middle-aged folks, so she always refers to the younger players as "good little players..." :-)
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I am fascinated by Dustin Pedroia as a player and discovered that I would really like him as a person. Although the book was not in good condition when I got it, it was obvious that the original owner really used the book a lot. It is well worth the time to read it if you are interested the experiences of a young man learning to play baseball and his experiences in trying to reach the major leagues. I am a baseball fan and have read several books about baseball and I consider this one a fine story. Each chapter is separated with a page or two of comments from people who knew Dusty during his rise to become the backbone of the Red Sox. He was given a long term contract with the Red Sox and has said that he will spend his entire career with them - like Derek Jeter with the Yankees. Dusty is always the first player to arrive for practice and for games, and he really enjoys the game. He and his wife and two sons live in Arizona in the winter so that he can work out and play baseball all winter, and they live in the Boston area in the summer. He really likes Boston and the Fenway Baseball Stadium.
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As with most sports autobiographies, it's a good thing that Dustin Pedroia can hit a baseball because he'll never make it as a novelist. On the other hand, the writing closely follows the way you'd expect him to talk. The book is full of laser shots, and Pedroia is pumped to tell you all about them. That's a good thing. It would be flimsy if Pedroia became a modest guy in the book. If he's not telling you how great he is, it wouldn't be Pedroia. The book also has several guest writes talking about various things in Pedroia's life. People like Dave Magadan, Ben Cherington, and Kelli Pedroia add insights into Pedroia's life that enforce what Pedroia is saying. It changes the pace a bit as you're reading it. I liked the book a lot. I love stories of college teams and minor leagues. I love how all the future stars mix and match as they come up through the systems. What must it have been like to be on a college team with Dustin Pedroia and Ian Kinsler? The stories were genuine, and gave a lot of background on the Red Sox, and their second baseman. It was well worth picking it up.
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If you are a baseball fan, and especially a Red Sox fan you will love this book. It gives you insight into the mind of one of the most driven baseball players playing the game today. My boy loved it too.
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Pamela B. Hall Experience with this book just as good as with "Tito's" above
Any member of "Red Sox Nation" would covet this book. It is a fun read.
And, it arrived in great shape and in great packaging!
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