The Little People Have A New King

Saturday, June 16, 2007


(posted by OMDQ)

Someone alert Fire Joe Morgan: as of Friday evening, AP writer Jimmy Golen has added another player to Eckstein's Army (that would be a great name for a blog), a covert organization comprised solely of small, gritty baseball players that will one day take over the world.

Barry Bonds is 742 homers ahead of Dustin Pedroia on the all-time list, but the diminutive Red Sox rookie can make a claim that the
would-be home run king can’t: He’s homered at Fenway Park.
No mention was made of his abnormally large heart or overwhelming grittiness.

To recap: so far this season, Pedroia has taken on Alex Rodriguez and Barry Bonds, and emerged as the clear victor both times. Clearly this is heading toward a penultimate, winner-take-all matchup against Joe Morgan that will not only determine who exactly is the greatest compact second baseman of all time, but will also cause the earth to stop spinning on its axis.

Photo: Nick Laham/AFT/Getty Images

Posted by One More Dying Quail at 3:50 PM

2 Comments:

Ha! I wondered how long it would take until someone lumped Pedroia in with Eckstein & Co - you know, being short and white and all - especially after gritness was thrust upon him by the A-Rod elbow incident.

The writer does realize that, even after an April so dismal that people we're calling for Alex Cora full-time at 2nd, Pedroia is batting 331/406/470 at the time of the article, right? Isn't offensive skill inversely proportional to grit and scrap in sportswriter land? It's hard to rack up sacrifices when so many of his batted balls end up as hits and he's sporting an ungritty .075 base clogging average too.

Patrick

Anonymous said...
Jun 16, 2007, 10:42:00 PM  

Mighty Mouse Rocks!!!! The Sox have three legit ROY candidates. Pedroia, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Okajima.

If I had a vote right now I'd vote for Pedroia.

Steve said...
Jun 16, 2007, 11:58:00 PM  

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