Going to back to youth baseball and through high school, Arizona State, the minor leagues, and then the Red Sox, Pedroia never had played on a losing team before this season.
“It’s killing me,” he said. “This is awful.”
But for now, he wants to play.
“I like playing, it’s fun,” he said. “I get to compete in two more games, then I’ve got to sit around six months and wait until I do it again. Why not? There’s nothing else to do. I get to go home and play football with my 3-year-old.
Orioles OK with it
So what did Orioles manager Buck Showalter think of the Red Sox using what amounted to a Triple A lineup against the Yankees on Monday and losing, 10-2? “Nothing,” he said. “I don’t think. Let people handle their own. They know. I don’t think it’s really an issue for me at all and for our players. We got to figure out a way to beat this team [the Rays] and their pitching staff and that’s pretty hard to do, regardless of what happens in New York.” . . . US Senate candidates Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren were asked at the end of their debate on Monday if Valentine should return for another season. Warren said he should while Brown dodged the question. “I thank her for that,” Valentine said.