Dustin Pedroia Retires, Breakfast With ‘The Laser Show’
After 14 seasons with The Red Sox, Dustin Pedroia announced today that he is retiring from baseball. I have a story about having breakfast with him, before anyone knew who he was!
The year was 2007 and The Shark had the opportunity to host a 'Breakfast at Fenway Park' with '3 Red Sox Stars'.
The experience included a limousine ride to Fenway for 6 lucky listeners and one broadcaster to 'serve as host'. You can only imagine how I pounced on the opportunity!
The breakfast in the EMC club, (formerly the .406 Club) was a nice buffet style brunch that featured about every imaginable Dunkin Donuts product because they were the sponsor for the event.
Several other local radio stations were there with their winners as well. After we ate, an emcee introduced the 3 Red Sox 'stars' that were promised as part of the itinerary for a question and answer session. Sox Skipper
Pedroia was the first to be introduced and my lasting memory to this day was how small he appeared to be.
He was not lacking in confidence (as we all know now) and answered every question that was asked to the group. I felt bad for him because nobody asked him a single direct question.
This was in early April.
Pedroia would go on to bat .317 that season and was a HUGE part of The Red Sox postseason run as they would win The 2007 World Series.
The next year he was league MVP.
He retired today as a Three Time World Series Champion.
But my first memory of him will always be how he strutted into that breakfast like he owned the place and a crowd of people wondering 'Who is that kid supposed to be?'.