David Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia would seem to have nothing in common beyond the uniform they wear.
Ortiz is a linebacker-size slugger with a personality to match, a man unafraid to voice an opinion or live the life he has earned. If Ortiz is in the room, you know it.
Pedroia is a second baseman on the small side, a versatile player whose playful arrogance serves as a shield against those who would dare doubt him. Off the field, he is a husband and father content to lead a quiet existence.
But in the eight seasons they have been teammates on the Red Sox, Ortiz and Pedroia formed a bond that goes far beyond baseball and helped serve as a foundation for the team’s success this season.
“That guy, he’s like my brother,” Ortiz said. “We’re family.” Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.