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Laser Show cancelled: Pedroia goes back to the DL

Aug 20, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

Dustin Pedroia got all kinds of props for taking ground balls from his knees and pushing to get back in the lineup as soon as possible.  Seems that the gritty toughness is not the better part of valor, because he just got put on the disabled list again.  Too much pain in his ankle, he says.

Pedroia has gone 1 for 7 in two games since coming back.  No word on how long he’ll be gone, but he won’t be eligible to come off the DL until September 1st, assuming he was placed on the DL retroactive to Wednesday night, which was when he last saw action.

  1. Lans Downe - Aug 20, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    And with that, the Sox officially punt on the playoffs. Oh well, NEP looking sharp in the pre-season…
    SOB!

  2. FrankZappa - Aug 20, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    what a dumbass…tried to come back early and now he will be sitting with Youk and Ells for the rest of the season…next season boys…LETS GO PATS!

  3. Md23Rewls - Aug 20, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    He should take some more grounders from his knees. What a hero! What grit and determination! Could this guy be any more fake?

  4. Glenn - Aug 20, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    Pedroia is actually quite genuine. He has spent his whole career gritting it out because he is small, does not have a baseball body, and has had to reprove himself at every level. It just looks like this determination has done more harm than good this time. I’ll take a guy like him anytime over a guy that has to be reminded to hustle or give a crap.

  5. Pisano - Aug 20, 2010 at 7:58 PM

    They were finished long before his injury . The real heart and soul , and one hell of a hitter is Youkilis . You don’t replace a Youkilis , that guy can ruin any pitchers day or night .

  6. Pisano - Aug 21, 2010 at 12:08 AM

    Ditto , it’s that short man complex .

  7. Md23Rewls - Aug 21, 2010 at 2:04 AM

    That’s silly, though. He’s a career .305 hitter in the majors. That’s not because he’s gritty or determined. It has to do with talent. It’s not like he “wants it” more than other guys. He’s a talented player. I know it’s really easy to give him labels because of his stature, but that’s not why he’s good. And the taking-grounders-from-his-knees thing was a media sham. There was NO reason for him to do that. If A-Rod was doing that, people would be crucifying him. There’s nothing real about taking grounders from his knees. He’s lucky that he’s a short white guy, because people wouldn’t find it so cute otherwise. Furthermore, he doesn’t work harder than anybody else in baseball. Plenty of other players are out there early in the morning taking reps. Pedroia isn’t some stunning example of determination. He’s just like everybody else, but it’s easier for him to foster this image of short, scrappy dude who takes grounders from his knees when he’s hurt. OK, if he wants to sell that, fine, but it’s pretty stupid in my opinion.

  8. JBerardi - Aug 21, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    Where does Pedroia being a great baseball player figure into all this nonsense?

  9. Glenn - Aug 22, 2010 at 12:52 PM

    Obviously he is talented, but it seems silly to think that some guys don’t try harder than others. Some guys have a ton of talent and don’t do much with it, while some guys work hard to get the maximum out of what they have. Maybe Pedroia is just a hyperactive guy who can’t sit still. I don’t think that makes him fake or a sham. To me, the sham is the guy who doesn’t hustle or grandstands after a homer. I do totally agree that grit and determination are right up there with chemistry and momentum as piles of crap, but it is equally silly to slam a guy for trying to do all he can to stay sharp while injured. Not everyone is the same, as you imply. Some guys work out hard in the off season and some guys come into camp out of shape. Some guys do try harder and I think Pedroia is one of them. The grumblings from the red Sox club house were not about Perdroia grandstanding, but about Ellsbury ditching the team for a month. Which reaction to injury would you prefer?

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