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Quote of the day: Dustin Pedroia on hitting leadoff, or something

Mar 5, 2012, 5:52 PM EDT

Dustin Pedroia AP

Dustin Pedroia may have struggled in a 26-game stretch as Boston’s leadoff hitter in 2009, but he’s ready to give it another try should Bobby Valentine ask. WEEI has the quote:

I hit. 214? It’s good because if they would have kept me in another 20 games I would have hit .414. Ride the wave. It’s a wave, dude, How’s a heart beat go? It goes up and down, just like baseball. If you flatline you’re dead. If you flatline in baseball, I’ve never seen it in baseball. Ride the wave, dude. Surf is up.

Cowabunga, dude.

  1. phukyouk - Mar 5, 2012 at 6:08 PM

    puff puff pass Dustin.. puff puff pass

  2. cur68 - Mar 5, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Uh…sure, Dustin, ride the um, er, “wave”…heartbeats/minute do in fact vary quite a bit. Über Canadian, David Suzukii had a fascinating piece on it in an edition of his show “The Nature of Things”: the variability of a normally working heart can be put to music and it plays a lovely tune. Keep a song in your heart, indeed. What all that has to do with batting average is beyond me…

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 5, 2012 at 6:17 PM

      Donald Sutherland (another Canuck) railed against negative waves.

      • hammyofdoom - Mar 5, 2012 at 7:24 PM

        Moriarty would NEVER knock it off with them negative waves

      • thinman61 - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:13 AM

        Thumbs up for the Kelly’s Heroes reference.

    • protius - Mar 5, 2012 at 6:20 PM

      A lot of things are beyond you……LMAO

      • cur68 - Mar 5, 2012 at 6:48 PM

        Clearly archaeology is also beyond me. I didn’t know coprolites could type.

      • protius - Mar 5, 2012 at 8:35 PM

        Clearly biology is also beyond me, I didn’t think assholes had the capacity of thought.

      • jimbo1949 - Mar 5, 2012 at 9:00 PM

        Clearly, a conundrum.

  3. chiadam - Mar 5, 2012 at 6:21 PM


  4. JBerardi - Mar 5, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    He’s right though. There’s no magic in the leadoff spot that would somehow make Dustin Pedroia into something other than a great hitter.

    • baseballisboring - Mar 5, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      Haha, yeah, he kind of took a long way around that one…but his central point remains true.

  5. kingofmeh - Mar 5, 2012 at 7:18 PM

    see, this is why athletes should always be nice to journalists. inevitably, they’ll say something inarticulate. a journalist who likes dustin might clean up his quote as follows: “dustin pedroia dismissed concerns about hitting leadoff, saying that while he might have hit .214 in 26 at-bats, ‘if they would have kept me in another 20 games I would have hit .414.'”

    talking out loud and off-the-cuff for a living means you’ll probably sound stupid when unedited much of the time.

    • quintjs - Mar 6, 2012 at 1:40 AM

      or if you are like Pedroia and occasionally say something that goes viral (see Laser Show) then every silly thing you say is quoted in full by journalists trying to create a fad to draw readership..

      They were probably going with Surf is up, or maybe ride the wave?

  6. pisano - Mar 5, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    He’s the runt of the litter.

    • protius - Mar 6, 2012 at 3:51 PM

      He’s a 5 on the cur scale.

  7. lameasish - Mar 5, 2012 at 8:21 PM

    Never really liked the little dude

  8. mcsnide - Mar 5, 2012 at 8:39 PM

    So another 20 games would have been a laser show?

  9. jimatkins - Mar 5, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Does this guy sound exactly like Nuke LaLoosh or what?

  10. sammy1129 - Mar 5, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Runt? How can you be a Pedroia hater? The guy plays hard every game, and is a team player… Hustle hustle hustle!

    • cur68 - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:16 AM

      He’s a 5.0 on the Eckstien Scrappy Scale. It only goes to five Eckstiens, anyways.

  11. byjiminy - Mar 6, 2012 at 2:05 AM

    He’s scrappy, gritty, plays the game the right way, isn’t afraid to get his uniform dirty, and leaves it all on the field!

  12. daveydawg - Mar 6, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    He’s the only guy I like on that team.

  13. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Mar 6, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Dustin Pedroia? More like Dustin Ped-BRO-oia!

    Thank you, thank you.

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