On Friday night, as the Red Sox took batting practice at Yankee Stadium, Pedroia noticed Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson standing behind the batting cage.
The Red Sox second baseman strode over to Jackson and proclaimed, “Barry Bonds, Dustin Pedroia and Reggie Jackson, the top three players in Arizona State history.”
Someone asked Pedroia how he would rank the three. He immediately shot back, “Kind of a coin flip between the first two,” referring to Bonds and himself – and not Jackson.”
“If anyone’s been watching — and how could you miss it? — Dustin has always done more than you could ever expect anyone to do on a baseball field. He’s extraordinary. Was I surprised when I got the text that he said he’s fine [to play]? I fell off my bike — literally.
“But I shouldn’t have been surprised.””