Little Guy Finishes First

Dan Barbarisi:

All over New England yesterday, the little guy pumped his fist in victory.
The kid who was too small to make the team, the one who was told he didn’t have the arm, or was too slow, now has a reason to go into the backyard and take some more groundballs.
Yesterday, Dustin Pedroia, the biggest little guy in New England, won the American League MVP award and gave an entire generation of those too small, too slow, not-going-to-make-it guys a reason to believe.
Generously listed at 5-foot-9 in the media guide, Boston’s second baseman has been proving his doubters wrong his whole life. After yesterday, he’ll never have to prove anything ever again.
“I’m not the biggest guy in the world, I don’t have that many tools. Looking at me, if I’m walking down the street, you wouldn’t think I’m a baseball player,” Pedroia said after winning. “That’s been the biggest thing in my life — that I have to overcome everything to prove people wrong. And so far I’ve been doing that.”
Pedroia, 25, becomes the third player to win the MVP the year after winning Rookie of the Year, joining Cal Ripken Jr. and Ryan Howard — two of the largest players ever to play their positions. Pedroia hit .326 with 17 home runs and 83 RBI, but his real specialty came in getting to second base and scoring. He led the league with 54 doubles and 118 runs scored.

Way to go Pedey. Now who can inspire us short AND old guys?

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15 years ago

I am not a Red Sox fan – I’m wearing my Cardinals hat – but I think if one really appreciates good baseball then one has to appreciate Dustin Pedroia. And not because he is short, but because he plays with passion and guts. He is a very talented player that seeks to improve. He may use the short person’s motivation to his advantage, but all I see is an aggressive, fierce competitor that seems to be be respected by his opponents. Marc, please lose the Francona nickname.

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