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Logan Forsythe elbows Dustin Pedroia in head sliding into second base (Video)

logan-forsythe-elbowAs if the Boston Red Sox weren’t having a tough enough season already, Dustin Pedroia was forced to leave Saturday’s game early after taking a shot to the head from Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Logan Forsythe.

Sliding into second base after tagging up on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Hanigan, Forsythe swung his right elbow, which connected with the left side of the head of Boston’s four-time All-Star.

Now, I’m not going to say that was intentional on Forsythe’s part, because that’s something only he knows. However, if you told me that doesn’t look like a natural motion I probably wouldn’t disagree with you.

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Report: Dustin Pedroia could have serious wrist injury

Andre-Ethier-Pranks-Dustin-PedroiaThe defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox are currently in last place in the AL East, and the ineffectiveness of Dustin Pedroia is one reason why. Pedroia injured his wrist sliding sliding into second base during Boston’s home opener against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 4. He has played through the injury, albeit not very well.

On Sunday night, Pedroia was scratched from the Red Sox lineup against the New York Yankees and sent back to Boston early. According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, the team fears the wrist injury could be serious.

“He went down to hit early [Sunday] and the soreness continues to persist and probably gain in intensity,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said. “I think there’s probably a direct correlation to what we’ve seen at the plate.”

Pedroia has just five hits in his last 36 plate appearances. He has driven in just one run this season and is hitting .236. He has a history of thumb issues that he has been able to play through for the most part.

If Pedroia is seriously injured, it would obviously benefit the Red Sox to address the situation sooner rather than later. He’s much better off having a procedure done in mid-April than he would be after the All-Star break.

David Ortiz interrupts conference to give Dustin Pedroia second base (Video)

David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia are the team leaders of the Boston Red Sox and, with Pedroia holding a news conference to announce his contract extension with the team, you knew Ortiz had to get involved somehow.
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The Red Sox DH walked out behind where Pedroia, GM Ben Cherington, and manager John Farrell were seated by the first base line for the press conference on Wednesday, picked up second base, and delivered it to Pedroia as some sort of gift. After giving his teammate a hug and the base, Ortiz leaned in to the microphone and reminded the media that Pedroia, a notoriously hard worker, shows up to the ballpark at noon for night games.

Ortiz is no stranger to interrupting press conferences. You may remember that he did it to Terry Francona two years ago. I’m actually surprised that Ortiz was nice to Pedroia this time considering it would have been a perfect time to get Pedey back for the huge prank in 2011.

As for Pedroia’s contract, it’s an eight-year, $110 million extension that runs from 2014-2021. Pedroia, 29, is now under contract through his age 38 season. Pedroia may have signed for a little below market value, and the Sox might not have much to gain by locking him up for the later years of his career, but my guess is they wanted to get him signed before Robinson Cano signs his free agent deal, which will probably be for a lot more money.

Bobby Valentine crashes his bike while reading a text from Dustin Pedroia

Can you think of a more appropriate ending to the disastrous season the Red Sox have had than Bobby Valentine crashing his bicycle while reading a text message from Dustin Pedroia? Neither can we. While we certainly don’t want to see anyone get hurt, that’s the situation the world has presented us with.

According to the New York Times, Valentine — an avid cyclist — was riding on a slippery path in Central Park when he got a text from his second baseman. He looked up after reading it and realized he had swerve to avoid two tourists who were walking in front of him, which caused him to lose his balance and crash into a ditch next to the Central Park Reservoir. He suffered minor injuries to his knees and hips.

“I shouldn’t have been reading a text while I was riding,” he said. “That’s the wrong thing to do. But at least I was wearing my helmet.”

If you shouldn’t text and drive, you shouldn’t text and ride. As for the text, Bobby V. said Pedroia was informing him that he would play in Tuesday night’s game against the Yankees despite a broken ring finger on his left hand. Although the season is a lost cause for Boston, Pedroia has said he is trying to set an example for the team’s younger players by letting them know being in the majors means playing through injuries.

“Hey, if he can play with that, I can certainly manage with this,” Valentine said.

Not to mention, he should enjoy his managerial career while it lasts. After a season in which he made some mind-boggling coaching decisions, Tuesday and Wednesday night are likely the last two times Bobby V. will ever manage an MLB team.

H/T WEEI.com

Dustin Pedroia runs off field after learning wife went into labor (Video)

Dustin Pedroia left the Yankees-Red Sox game on Wednesday after learning from manager Bobby Valentine that his wife had gone into labor. Pedroia’s wife, Kelli, attended the game, but she left midway through after realizing she was getting ready to give birth to the couple’s second child.

Pedroia left the game after the sixth with his team down 3-1. The Red Sox eventually lost 5-4 despite the second baseman going 2-for-3.

Below you can see a photo of how Kelli Pedroia looked before the game:

She was one day past her due date, so it probably came as no surprise to Dustin that it happened Wednesday night.

Dustin Pedroia: I don’t think Bobby Valentine should be fired

After seeing the Yahoo! Sports report on Tuesday about several Red Sox players ripping Bobby Valentine in a meeting with the owners last month, all indications are that Valentine has lost his clubhouse in his first year as manager in Boston. The team has not turned things around from its epic September collapse last year, and many of them feel the need to find somewhere to point their fingers. Dustin Pedroia insists he is not one of those players.

“I don’t think Bobby should be fired,” Pedroia after Tuesday night’s loss to the Orioles according to the Boston Herald. “Listen, we haven’t played well. That’s the bottom line. I’m not going to blame anything on Bobby. It’s on the players. Last year wasn’t on Tito (Terry Francona). I know he took it hard. We all did. It’s on the players, man.”

With Jason Varitek having retired and Kevin Youkilis now playing in Chicago, Pedroia is the supposed leader of the Red Sox. However, part of Tuesday’s bombshell report included a story about a photo that is circulating through the organization that shows Bobby V. apparently sleeping and a caption that reads “Our manager contemplating his lineup at 3:30 p.m.” If you remember, Dustin was also very vocal in voicing his displeasure about Valentine earlier in the season when Bobby questioned Youkilis’ motivation.

While I agree that Valentine needs to be fired if he can’t earn the respect of the team, that doesn’t mean I blame him in any way for what has happened this season in Boston. This team embarrassed itself last September when Bobby V. wasn’t around, and they’ve managed to do it again this season. The party animal attitude and sense of entitlement around the Red Sox clubhouse has poisoned the team. Valentine is nothing more than a victim of circumstance.

Photo credit: Tom Szczerbowski-US PRESSWIRE

Dustin Pedroia has a picture of Tim Tebow shirtless hanging in his locker

Dustin Pedroia has a picture of a shirtless Tim Tebow hanging in his locker. True story.

But don’t worry; it’s not as bad as it sounds.

According to The Boston Globe, Pedroia pasted a picture of his head onto Tebow’s muscle-bound body and hung it in his locker.

And here we were thinking that the human “laser show” was confident in his abilities. Meanwhile, Tebow seems to find the entire frenzy over his shirtless pictures to be amusing.

“Sometimes it does get a little comical and funny to me,” Tebow said of the attention. “It’s really not cliché, I just try not to think about it or worry about it or pay attention to it. I try to be myself and live as much of a normal life as I can without having any of this change who I am or what I am or why I do it. That’s something I kind of take pride in is not changing, especially my values, my pride, my faith, anything like that.”

Cue the Baywatch intro theme song.

H/T The Huddle
Photo: Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE