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Dustin Pedroia: “The first hundred games have been (expletive)”

Jul 28, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

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The Red Sox lost 10-3 in last night’s series opener against the Yankees. It was their second straight loss and their sixth in their last seven. They now sit at 49-51 through the first hundred games of the season and currently find themselves in last place in the American League East.

Via Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, Dustin Pedroia had a tough time holding back his frustration after the loss.

“The first hundred games have been (expletive),” Pedroia said. “We’re two games under .500. We’re the Boston Red Sox. If anyone’s thrilled about where we’re at, they need to reevaluate because I don’t like losing. I know everyone else doesn’t like losing. We’ve got to play better, man.”

Pedroia was particularly perturbed by the team’s approach in the top of the eighth inning. Yankees set-up man David Robertson made it through the frame in just nine pitches, which included ground outs by Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford, a two-out single by Pedroia and a ground out by Adrian Gonzalez.

“Late in the game, they extended themselves from us. That’s what great teams do,” Pedroia said. “We didn’t do anything. Our at-bats later in the game were not good. Swinging early in the count, you know. Heck, if their eighth-inning guy is going to come in the game, let’s at least get 25-30 pitches so maybe he can’t pitch tomorrow. Do something productive, and we’re not doing that. That’s the sign of not-a-winning team. Those are the little things that we need to do better. It’s frustrating.”

While this is a legitimate criticism on the part of Pedroia, it’s a bit of a surprise to see him single out three of the team’s biggest names. The Red Sox clubhouse just doesn’t sound like a very happy place right now. Still, the brisk pace of the top of the eighth inning likely had Joe West smiling all the way from Texas. Last night’s game finished in 2 hours and 41 minutes, the fastest Yankees-Red Sox game since September 11, 2005.

  1. billymc75 - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Send Beckett to Texas more Olt and Murphy

    • giselleisasucubus - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      Texas wants nothing to do with him. Their scouts and personnel guys say that Beckett doesn’t have enough velocity anymore and they don’t want him.

      • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Jul 28, 2012 at 5:06 PM

        How the in the eff do you know what the scouts and personel people are saying about him, get back in your parents basement and tell your mommy to bring you some meatloaf

      • troy10 - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:51 AM

        My guess is that you are the one that actually lives in your parents basement… that’s how you internet tough guys roll huh?

    • sabatimus - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      No way in hell Texas even gives one of them to Boston. More like a bag of baseballs at this point.

  2. yahmule - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    “We’re the Boston Red Sox.”

    Well, so what?

    • pisano - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      Exactly, and your in last place.

    • giselleisasucubus - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:07 AM

      Are you going to try and pretend this team hasn’t been great for about 10 years and they are not popular-worldwide? Unless you are a Yankees fan, I am sure the Red Sox have a larger following than your team.

      • hittfamily - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:56 AM

        And that guarantees winning?

        Last time I checked, the Rays have made the playoffs 3/4 years. The sox haven’t.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:48 AM

        I’m sure you’re lying.

      • mybrunoblog - Jul 28, 2012 at 1:18 PM

        Let’s start with your first point. While the Red Sox had terrific run during the 2000’s. The 2010’s haven’t been so good. We are 5 seasons removed from their last WS title. Five seasons is a lifetime in pro sports. Sorry bro. Throwing around the whole ” we’ve been great for 10 years is just silly and not accurate.
        Now about being popular. The Red sox are hugely popular in the New England area. C’mon that isn’t news. That said the Red Sox don’t have a huge national following. I’ve seen Yankee caps in Europe. Funny, never saw a Red Sox cap there. Hmmm……

      • 1overmind - Jul 28, 2012 at 3:52 PM

        I thought they only send caps & shirts of teams that choke in the playoffs to third world countries?

      • troy10 - Jul 29, 2012 at 11:54 AM

        Love how Boston fans harp on the last 10 years… but casually for about the 80+ years before their little run.

    • taxed00 - Jul 29, 2012 at 5:48 AM

      They’re the Boston Red Sox, they expect the best results, and the best results are expected of them. I guess those expectations arrive when you play for the only team in baseball with multiple championships in the past decade. There’s a reason that there is more written about the Red Sox’ struggles than the Indians despite them both having similar records.

      Get a clue.

      • raoul5788 - Aug 25, 2012 at 12:01 AM

        You do realize that the Yankees won the WS in 2000 and 2009, yes?

  3. giselleisasucubus - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    I like his comments. Showing accountability nowadays is rare. I think it is funny that people ask for it, then someone shows it, and they say “well he called out other guys, that seems wrong”. What the hell is a leader supposed to do? F’ed if you do, F’ed if you don’t.

    • hittfamily - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:00 AM

      Accountability?

      He mentions the inning that he was successful, and his teammates were’nt. That is about the shittiest, most backstabbing thing anyone can do.

      Accountability isn’t “we lost because no one followed my lead”

      • yahmule - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:07 PM

        Well, it’s nice to see someone picking up the slack for the departed Youkilis in taking cheap shots at Ellsbury through the media.

      • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Jul 28, 2012 at 5:09 PM

        Eff him, where was he last year when his teamates were doing there thing in the clubhouse. He’s about 162 games late for calling people out.

  4. legacybroken - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    At this point, Boston should just trade their few tradeable pieces ie Ellsbury for prospects and settle in for a rebuild until most of the albatrosses run out.

    • brokea$$lovesmesomeme - Jul 28, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      A youth movement will break the consecutive sellout streak and that ain’t gonna happen

  5. hittfamily - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    What an asshole. I think we all know someone like this. The guy who points out everyone else’s flaws, when he happens to do right. I would hate to have him as a team mate.

    He reminds me of “Leon” the fictional football player Joe Buck interviewed for beer commercials a decade ago.

    Paraphrasing according to my memory:

    JB: So Leon, you had 3 fumbles today, what are your thoughts on that?
    Leon: Leon can’t do everything by himself. One of my team mates should have jumped on that ball.

  6. richter35lundqvist30 - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    As a Yankees fan you have to feel for Pedroia. He’s the only player on the Sox these days I respect. He’s the only one who battles and shows any pride. I miss anticipating and fearing the series’ with the Sox because it could either feel great or terrible instead of what is now, ho-hum.

  7. riverace19 - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    I didn’t see where Laser Show mentioned any names in his quote… Just late innings at bats. He plays every play, every inning all out… Other players can learn from his work ethic

    • sabatimus - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      He didn’t mention any names. But it’s pretty obvious who he was talking about.

  8. xpensivewinos - Jul 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Pedroia has played like “expletive” this entire season so hearing this from him rings hollow. He should look in the mirror first before he starts ripping other people……………Ortiz said stupid stuff periodically this season, but at least he’s produced at an elite level………….and I can’t stand the site of Bobby Valentine, but if shorty is going to pop off and be a “team leader,” you don’t call your manager out in public (like he did when Valentine ripped Youkilis) and you certainly don’t continue to defend (or say nothing) about the Becketts, Lackeys and the other inmates who think they’re running that asylum.

    Like most of this current crop of Red Sox (including those in the front office), Pedroia is full of sh**.

    I would say blow that pig up and build around Middlebrooks, Lavarnway, Kalish and a couple of the young pitches, etc, but they’re stuck with most of those clowns whose contracts make them poison. This team is doomed for the next few years.

    • sabatimus - Jul 28, 2012 at 12:30 PM

      You try playing a whole season with an injury that probably needs surgery, and then get ANOTHER injury on top of that. Add to that the fact that the clubhouse atmosphere by most accounts is horrible, and we get Dustin being angry. I’d be angry too.

      And KALISH? Are you kidding?

    • pisano - Jul 28, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      wino…. well said, if you looked up short man complex in Websters, his picture would be next to it. He’s a backstabber, as shown in this blog. like you said look in the mirror. I stated last year he’d be a memory in Boston in five years, and now it sounds like it may be sooner than later, maybe the Sox will get tired of his spouting off and trade his malignant ass.

      • taxed00 - Jul 29, 2012 at 5:49 AM

        pisano take a break from the computer, you’ve lost the plot.

  9. theskinsman - Jul 28, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Only inbred toothless yankoff fans can find fault with Pedroia making the comments he did. Being losers makes them incapable of understanding what an elite player expects from himself and his team.
    But why am I surprised.these are the same blowhard, frontrunning bandwagon fans who vanished while Oakland was mopping up the yankmes last week. The Red Sox aren’t going anywhere this season…as has been clear since April. But you wanna be wise guys can puff out your scrawny chests and feel like humans for a day when the Yanks win…carry on.

  10. tfbuckfutter - Jul 28, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    Been saying it since they went into the season counting on some quartet of Ellsbury/Crawford/Ross/Sweeney/McDonald to man the outfield….no matter how it breaks down, you’re looking at 2 injury prone guys, and someone manning a corner position with NO POWER….that this should have been a rebuilding year, not a patchwork year. And then you replace injured weak outfielders with even WEAKER outfielders by trading for Byrd and Lillibridge?

    If this team is still deluding themselves into thinking they can make a run, they deserve to continue having a completely barren farm system.

    The only bright spots to this season are Salty showing some power, and Middlebrooks. Cody Ross has been a pleasant surprise, but they probably should move him while he has value, as opposed to going into next season relying on a 32 year old outfielder to match a career year (which he likely won’t do).

    And here’s some more advice…..stop acquiring #4 outfielders and starting them. Daniel Nava is not a legit major league outfielder. Nor is McDonald, or Sweeney. You want to play guys in their early 20s, not their late 20s/early 30s if you want to actually build for the long term. McDonald and Sweeney shouldn’t even be blocking PROSPECTS at AAA.

    • sabatimus - Jul 28, 2012 at 4:57 PM

      There’s so much wrong with this post I don’t even know where to begin.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 28, 2012 at 5:02 PM

        Take it one point at a time.

        Oh, I didn’t touch on it and I should have….but start by defending Mike Aviles being an everyday player. That would be fun to watch (you defending it….not watching him bat…that’s not fun for anyone but opposing teams).

    • mikedimino - Jul 28, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      Who is injury prone? This is Crawfords first ever major injury in the pros and Ellsbury missed last season because his teammate (beltre) ran into him as they were chasing a pop up and collided. If im not mistaken, he was already playing with injured ribs before that incident so it just compounded the injury. This year he slid into 2nd base and the 2nd basemen fell onto his shoulder while he was in an awkward position. It’s one thing to call someone like J.D Drew injury prone but another thing to associate two random events as a trend. At that point in the season, the market was dry for outfielders so we picked up Byrd for a hoagie sandwich and Lillibridge because we needed a utility man after punto had to replace Pedroia. Your statement on Ross may be true about his career year, but Nava and Kalish were supossed to be developing so one could be the replacement next year, the injury bug just forced us to change the plan. As for Nava’s age, ask R.A dickey if you can develope in your 30’s. The sox farm system is loaded with talent, just none are ready to be called up for at least a season, so your statement about the barren farm system is completely ignorant. With the sox payroll and the amount of allstars in the lineup (Pedroia, A-gon, Ellsbury, Crawford) why would they even consider rebuilding? These guys are all in their prime, and were in the top of the league as far as offense, its just been the starting pitching that has let us down this year

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 28, 2012 at 8:44 PM

        These are all things that were said about Trot Nixon. All freaks accidents, all happening to him.

        And Crawford has about 40 different ailments. And great, so Ellsbury was already injured when he got MORE injured, and then he missed half of this season after being injured AGAIN. Nope, doesn’t sound injury prone at all….although Ellsbury I will give the benefit of the doubt, but Crawford is breaking down. Even he admits he needs ligament replacement surgery.

        And Nava is almost 30 years old. He’s not developing. He has peaked. Kalish may have a career, but Nava does not. And have you noticed how his offense has taken an Offermanesque dive?

        And umm….Crawford is not in his prime. Crawford is washed up.Granted, they have a couple really solid players that they shouldn’t trade, and will be beneficial in the future….I’m not suggesting trading Petey, A-Gon or even Ellsbury at this point (and it’s not like anyone would take Crawford), but they have to stop trading useful pieces for complete crap (Youkilis…not that they should have kept him, but they could have gotten more for him)….It’s just a lot year and there is no reason to keep running Mike Aviles, and other 30 year old never-weres instead of seasoning some of the few talented players in the farm system, even if they aren’t ready for a pennant run…..because the team ISN’T MAKING A PENNANT RUN.

        Give more guys (like Ciriaco and Middlebrooks) as shot and see if you have anything of value going forward.

      • mikedimino - Jul 29, 2012 at 5:36 AM

        Im pretty sure Crawford had the elbow problem, which was the first major injury of his career, then his tendon was injured after overcompensating because he rushed back into action. Before last season he was an all star and a perennial .300 hitter. Its far too early to call him washed up.

        Its a fallacy to say someone cant improve after 30. Sure, its not the norm but Nava’s entire career hasn’t been conventional. Hes only been playing professionally since ’05 so there’s certainly room for growth.

        As for Aviles, who else would you like manning the position? Nick Punto? Cherington is playing the cards he was dealt. Ciriaco has been great so far, but expecting this for a full season is unreasonable from a career minor league player. Middlbrooks has gotten all the playing time one could ask for.

        Also the sox are currently 5 games out of the wildcard, giving up now would be outrageous given the amount of talent and the fact they are finally getting healthy. Teams inevitably go on winning streaks and with how uncharacteristic the starting pitching has been as a whole, a regression to the mean is definitely not absurd. I’m not guaranteeing playoffs, but at this point last season cardinals fans had no playoff expectations so its ridiculous to throw in the towel, especially with the backlash that would ensue from the fan base and boston media.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 29, 2012 at 10:08 AM

        You’re joking, right? You say Ciriaco is a career minor league player in the same breath as defending Daniel Nava’s ability to be a major leaguer? Ciriaco is 3 years younger! (And I’m not even saying he would hold up, I’m saying give guys like him a chance over losers like Aviles and Punto who have already proven they should be career minor leagues).

        And it is definitely time to throw in the towel. This team is not making up 5 games in any race with the way it is put together.

        That attitude is what is going to cause they to waste what little farm talent they have to bring in some pitcher like Ryan Dempster who is going to come here and S-U-C-K trying to adapt to the AL. They need to focus on next season and beyond and stop clinging to the misguided notion that they can make a run this year. They haven’t been built for it since day 1. Again, they went into the season with RYAN SWEENEY set up to man a CORNER outfield position. That was the plan!

        The only positive Ryan Sweeney brought is that he’s, somehow, younger than Daniel Nava.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 29, 2012 at 10:12 AM

        Oh, and Carl Crawford only played in 109 games in 2008 after tendon surgery in his finger that he….INJURED….on a check swing. And in 2007 he went 42 days without hitting a homer because of a wrist injury.

      • mikedimino - Jul 29, 2012 at 6:19 PM

        I never said they should trade for anybody. Bucholz has been pitching solid as of late, Doubront has been consistent all season, and Becket and Lester have too much talent to be this terrible all season. Like I said, the law of averages has to come into effect at some point this season for one of them.

        Sweeny was never expected to be an every-day player, he was a throw in for the Bailey trade. I’m fairly certain they would’ve had to dish out the farm if they wanted another outfielder instead of just waiting for Crawford to come back, who had several setbacks in his rehab because he was either rushing or being rushed back to live up to that contract.

        The sox have nothing to gain from throwing in the towel. No prospects would get more playing time. Anybody they call up would have their development stunted by being thrown in front of such a demanding fan base. By playing with the players they have right now and trying to compete, they can surely overcome 5 games. Its such a cheese-dick move to throw in the towel when you are clearly in a position to compete. The team has an offense that can compete with any, they just need more consistent pitching, and when you have a chance to make playoffs yet still throw in the towel, you lose the respect of the coaches, players, and rest of the league. Yet more importantly, you lose the trust from the fans. Thats nothing a first year GM would want to do in his first year.

  11. SteelyMcBeam6 - Jul 28, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    Que all the band wagon yankee fans that couldn’t even tell me what number Mickey mantle wore (aka 75% of Yankee “fans”)

    • badintent - Jul 29, 2012 at 2:58 AM

      @steely Beano…….MM wore 7, the same number as the address as my $2 million dollar house in New York. What’s your next question ? What number the Bambino wore ? Pathetic.The only people more back stabbing than your players is your so-called home media..And your team prez. What a circus. !! Or one big Chicken-shi*t farm.Yeah , Dustin is a short man with a short dick, but he plays with real fire, Yankee Nation respects that.Sox fans don’t know his game or who he really is.It’s Billy Martin, who played on 7 WS yankee winner teams at second base. No PED doll Man Ram and your sox don’t go to the WS.End of story.

  12. razorbyrd - Jul 29, 2012 at 8:25 AM

    @badintent:

    really?! throwing out how much your home in worth in a post about baseball?! who’s the one with a little dick now?!

  13. stlouis1baseball - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Pedroia’s comments about working the count…seeing 25 – 30 pitches so the pitcher won’t be available the next day are just the latest reasons why I have always been a Dustin Pedroia fan. The dude brings it day in and day out…answers questions honestly and pulls no punches.
    I also isn’t going to apologize if your feelings get hurt.
    He’s “gritty.” He’s a “gamer.” He’s “old school” if you will.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 30, 2012 at 9:25 AM

      “I” = “He.” EDIT FUNCTION!

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