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Dustin Pedroia attempts to explain away every Red Sox controversy of 2012

Aug 30, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

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At some point you figure it’s best to just be quiet about things and hope the bad stuff ends as the season collapses.  But Dustin Pedroia put on his media pants yesterday and went on at length with Rob Bradford of WEEI and explained his side and/or the team’s side of every notable Red Sox controversy of the year.

He talks about the early-season Youkilis-Valentine battles. The big July meeting in which, allegedly, everyone piled on Valentine. Photos of him not looking like a big Bobby V. supporter.  The Johnny Pesky funeral. It’s all out there, all explained in his own words.

Which, fine. Much of it makes perfect sense. It has to, because no real life situations can actually happen in the over-the-top cartoon villain ways that most Red Sox controversies are described to be in the Boston media.

But really, does he think this is going to help?  I kinda doubt that this is going to help. It seems like the best way to kill all of this garbage is to deprive it of any media oxygen whatsoever.

  1. pisano - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:07 PM

    The best way to get rid of this garbage is to trade Pedroia while he’s still worth something. The guys a trouble maker, Tito babied him so he expected Valentine to do likewise.

    • spudatx - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:20 PM

      Pedroia has an explanation for everything and always says it in the most fan-friendly way. As much as he talks and how he talks, he just seems slimy.

      • hittfamily - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        like his brother

      • gerryb323 - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:59 PM

        Maybe Drew Brees should have talked to Pedey!

  2. natslady - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    It seems like the best way to kill all of this garbage is to deprive it of any media oxygen whatsoever.

    CAN I VOTE FOR THIS? Craig? Please?

    More Bryce Harper tossing his helmut, more #StrasNoMas–anything!

    • Ben - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:13 PM

      It’s almost enough to make one yearn for the bad old days of Braun. This BoSox story is just awful. But I suppose we keep clicking these damn articles, so Craig keeps posting them. We’re all complicit, I guess.

      • keithbangedyermom - Aug 30, 2012 at 4:09 PM

        Yup. I’m sick of it too, but I keep clicking on it. Just want to see if it can get any worse.

        Maybe Bobby V and Big Papi caught in a gay sex tape.

      • pickelback - Aug 31, 2012 at 2:37 AM

        This is true- I enjoy the Red Sox schadenfreude that is now happening. I am a compliciting person, yes….

  3. cur68 - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Today on Hard Boston Talk: Dustin Pedroia, Uncovered. Tomorrow, David Ortiz: Bares All. Next week Bobby Valentine: His Heart On His Sleeve. Jeez.

    I tried reading Pedrioa’s interview (becasue basically I’m bored & got a mid week day off) but I was immediately reminded about why I hate Jock Talk so much: no one hired these guys for their communication skillz and it is never more apparent than when they get all “long answer” during the interview.

    Really, Crash Davis did the baseball world a favour when he laid out EXACTLY how to give an interview. Seems to me the problem with all this roiling controversy is not only the rabid Boston media but ALSO the players not knowing when to engage in the use of the cliche.

    Red Sox Players, pay attention:

    Crash Davis: It’s time to work on your interviews.
    Red Sox Players: My interviews? What do I gotta do?
    Crash Davis: You’re gonna have to learn your clichés. You’re gonna have to study them, you’re gonna have to know them. They’re your friends. Write this down: “We gotta play it one day at a time.”
    Red Sox Players: Got to play… it’s pretty boring.
    Crash Davis: ‘Course it’s boring, that’s the point. Write it down.

    Here endeth the lesson…Meat.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:23 PM

      If ARod can learn all of this from Sensei Jeter, I would guess anyone can pick it up. Or, in other words, we just gotta keep grinding and win our games and not worry about what other guys are doing.

    • yankeesfanlen - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      Indeed, all Yankees know Jeter-ese. Except Grandy who speaks like a Harvard professor, and of course Swish, who is more effervescent than Alka-Seltzer.

      • cur68 - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:43 PM

        Don’t forget Soriano. He speaks like The Man Who Is Not There. But, I think my favourite ball player for an interview has to be That Hawaiian Man in Philly LA. Best interview ever. One question and he can blather for 20 minutes without saying anything controversial. Its all one long cliche.

      • APBA Guy - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:27 PM

        But even Swish’s comments are all vintage Jeter. He just says them with a lot more enthusiasm.

  4. shaggylocks - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    This is Boston we’re talking about: it’s going to get media oxygen no matter what. Best to get out there and make sure your side is heard. And besides, everyone loves a soap opera!

  5. jrbdmb - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Time to suspend Pedroia for a few games, make him fly on UPS planes to away games, and switch him to left field every other game. Then dump him for nothing to the Royals in the off-season.

    Sure it will be a AAA lineup next year, but at least they’ll show some respect to the front office …

  6. mybrunoblog - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Dustin Pedroia baseball player: Above average skills. A truly gifted player. He plays hard and is they type of on field player you want young players to emulate. Dustin Pedroia in the locker room: Whiner and complainer who basically couldd be accused of insubordination toward his manager. A guy who you wish would just STFU and play baseball.

    • 18thstreet - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:48 PM

      He was asked questions and answered them. He’s the de facto team captain. I think he’s showing accountability.

      Tomato, tomah-to.

    • teaspoon1731 - Aug 30, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      If he’s the captain of the team doesn’t he have an obligation be accountable for the team’s actions? We rip on Beckett for not doing exactly this last season, and then we complain when someone does what we ask?

      I love how everyone calls him a whiner and talks about how he is in the lockerroom. None of us are in there, we have no idea what he’s really like. From my experience, people who play that hard are rarely if ever the whining type.

  7. charlutes - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    How about winning some games.

  8. andrewproughcfe - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    No decent free agent will ever go there again. Enjoy your next 86-year curse, Chowds.

    • 18thstreet - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:49 PM

      This is preposterous. Decent free agents go wherever the money is biggest.

  9. heelbostonfan - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:10 PM

    I love how Lou Merloni was hammering him on the radio this morning for not attending Pesky’s funeral even though Merloni wouldn’t cut short a vacation in Italy to attend.

  10. Marty - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    The only thing I’m sicker of than the Red Sox is
    Pedroia.

    The pink Red Sox hats worn by housewives is a close third.

  11. pitolove124 - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Pedroia needs to just be quiet and play ball. He allowed his very mini use success to get to his head. He’s a good player – He isn’t great. He plays hard – but he needs to stop with the arrogance. He’s a complimentary player and not the focal. When he becomes the focal – well…you see what’s happening on Boston now.

  12. klbader - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    “This team got off to a bad start. 60 games in and everyone was trying to kill each other. What happened? Laser show. Relax.”

  13. gronkanator - Aug 30, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    would it be possible for Belichek to coach two sports?

    • bigleagues - Aug 30, 2012 at 10:41 PM

      Belichek wouldn’t have worked with this bunch . . . and Belichek wouldn’t have hesitated to cut many of them loose – if it weren’t for the guaranteed contracts.

      This team would have needed someone more in the mold of Doc Rivers.

  14. bigleagues - Aug 30, 2012 at 10:38 PM

    If I could thumbs up Craig’s last line that’s what I’d do.

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