By: Shawn Palmer
Another season is in the books for the Boston Red Sox. It was a trying year for 2B Dustin Pedroia, once again. The injuries continue to pile up for the 34 year old former MVP caliber player. So now, we wonder..is this it?
Over the past four seasons he has missed 161 games, one game away from missing a full seasons worth. He is tough as a guy can be, but when do you say enough is enough? His wrist, thumb, and knee injuries are starting to wear on him and some fans and media members are starting to think it's time for him to consider life after baseball.
Where is the intensity?
Do I think it's premature for Dustin Pedroia to consider retirement? Absolutely. But the question is still going to be asked. He is only a season removed from a 200 hit season, but i'm not sure he is capable to play 150+ games anymore. As a fan I hate seeing Dustin this way. He was on a path that was leading straight into Cooperstown. A guy that was a lock for 3,000 career hits. You see a guy like Jose Altuve, and you say to yourself, that should be Dustin Pedroia. Dustin should be winning batting titles and putting a city on his small but strong back. But he simply can't anymore. How fitting was it that he was the last guy to get a chance to save our season. You wanted him to put one into the monster, but you knew that was not going to happen.
When Dustin came up in 2006 I knew he was something special. An average looking Joe, someone fans could relate too. Little did we know, he was nothing like us. He went from battling Alex Cora for the 2B job, next thing you know he was winning an AL MVP award. His career has been off the script and spectacular. We want it to end that way. If he played with another team it would be like Tom Brady playing for another team. It would not be right nor do I think the baseball gods would allow it.
When he was in a lineup full of stars who could hit there was not much pressure on him to hit. Now that the offense has dwindled the spotlight has shined on him as a hitter and leader. We can no longer expect him to do so. If we want him to continue to play he needs help. He needs to be hidden in the lineup. We need a guy like JD Martinez, Eric Hosmer, or Giancarlo Stanton.
Dustin, if you read this, know that Red Sox nation wants the best for you, but we also want the best of you, We don't want to see you limping around out there trying to play when it's just not there anymore. If you come back next year, be vocal, be angry, be you.
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